Howard Evans (Bargoed Programme Notes)

Today we welcome the Bargoed playing staff and their loyal supporters, who we remember coming here and recording a fine Cup victory a few years back and also for scoring a thumping win over us earlier this season at Bargoed Park.

The game at Bargoed was far more one-sided than the score suggested and I remember thinking after an hour that we were still in with a chance of winning, per the scoreboard, but on the field there never appeared any chance!

The Bargoed pack were absolutely rampant on that afternoon and I was amazed that our beaten pack conceded only one penalty try and I never remember thinking that way before or since.

However, since that game, while things have improved for the ‘Wizards’, it has gone horribly wrong for Bargoed. So bad indeed that 12 successive matches have been lost with only one bonus point being gained. To Aberavon watchers that day at Bargoed it seems almost impossible to understand.

So bad also that we heard a couple of weeks ago that coaches David Lynch and Gareth Gunter have gone. While I did not know Gareth, I did know David and found a splendid chap, very fair in his comments and very polite. I hope he bounces back soon.

I notice that the strong wing Ashley Norton has six tries and Mr Penalty Try has also ‘scored’ six times, but only once in the 12-match run. Josh Prosser has scored 123 points by my reckoning – more than any Aberavon player. But, the punchline is that Aberavon are 45 points ahead.

I hope to get over illness and be present today for an unusual home kick-off at 2.30pm on a Saturday!! Isn’t this one of the reasons that the game below international level is dying?

Finally, we welcome referee Dewi Phillips and hope he and both sides enjoy the game.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3