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 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 25 11 1 13 526 469 61
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 25 7 1 17 503 632 40
Cross Keys 23 5 1 17 464 734 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 24 1 0 23 350 943 3