|5th October 2019||2:30 PM||WRU National League 1 - East Central||2019-20||Overcast and damp|
The Villagers continued their disappointing start to the league programme, managing to lose a game that they appeared to be in control of at half-time.
The optimists amongst the club’s loyal supporters will gain comfort from the fact that Dinas picked up two bonus points — one for scoring four tries and another for remaining within seven points of Ynysywbwl. However, others will undoubtedly note that they conceded six tries and point to the fact that the pack failed to impose themselves upon committed opponents who had a ‘never give up’ attitude which, ironically, is synonymous with the Dinas of recent seasons.
Dinas’ three-quarters looked more than capable of scoring every time they had the ball yet the home pack were unable to match the Ynysybwl pack’s determination to secure the ball during second half of the game. Overall, the home team’s performance mirrored the weather; starting brightly and finishing gloomily.
Tries from outside half Callum Bricknell, centre Adam Williams and left-wing Jim Wiltshire (all of which were converted by Bricknell) gave the Villagers a healthy 21-8 lead at half time; victory seemed assured against a committed but limited opposition.
However, fortunes were reversed during the second half as the team from four miles north of Pontypridd took advantage of indifferent tackling to outscore the Villagers by five tries to one. Two penalties from Bricknell and a penalty try offered the Villagers a 34-30 advantage until the final minute of the contest when the referee awarded a penalty try to the ‘Bwl’ following a seatbelt tackle on their diminutive scrum-half. Many would dispute the legitimacy of a penalty try for this infringement as a try was far from inevitable. With no time to respond, Dinas, yet again, lost a home game in the final minutes of the contest.
Final score: Dinas 34 – 37 Ynysybwl.
Much remains to be worked upon and coaches Darren Ryan, Andrew Roberts and Adam Williams will look forward to the home fixture next week, October 12th, against Birchgrove RFC in the second round of the WRU National Plate as an opportunity to kick-start their fortunes.