Cross Keys v Ebbw Vale Preview and Team News
By David Glastonbury | 15/05/2018
Cross Keys host Ebbw Vale this evening (Tuesday 15th May) in the final match of the 2017/18 season. This game was originally scheduled to take place on April 7th but was postponed due to the fact that the Steelmen were in action at Pandy Park in their National Cup Semi Final clash against Merthyr.
Although this won’t be the first time Greg Woods has returned to Pandy Park with his new charges it will be a first clash against the side he left in January to take over at Ebbw Vale. There is sure to be a warm welcome reserved for Greg whatever the outcome of this evening’s game.
Earlier this season in the east conference Keys secured the double over the Steelmen, although Vale are a much improved team now. Back in September Keys secured a 20 points to 12 victory over the Steelmen. Tries for Keys on that occasion came from Nathan Trowbridge and James Leadbeater with Josh Prosser adding 2 conversions and 2 penalties. Ebbw’s tries came from skipper Ronnie Kynes and Srdan Majkic with former Keys outside half Dai Langdon kicking one conversion. The return at Eugene Cross Park back in November saw Keys leave with a 34 points to 20 bonus point win. Keys crossed for 5 tries via Scott Matthews, Barney Nightingale, Leon Andrews, Lewis Barnett and James Leadbeater whilst Josh Prosser kicked 3 conversions and a penalty goal. The Ebbw points came from a converted penalty try together with one each for Ronnie Kynes and Joe Franchi with Callum Hall adding a penalty.
Turning thoughts back to this evening’s game and with a host of players injured, Keys are once again extremely grateful to a host of clubs for granting permits to some of their players which allow Keys to field the following side:-
15. Matthew Nuthall (Permit – Caerphilly RFC)
14. Dan Hitchings (Permit – Porth Harlequins RFC)
13. Duan Thomas (Permit – Pontypool Utd RFC)
12. Scott Williams (Permit – Newbridge RFC)
11. Nathan Trowbridge
10. Iwan Burgwin (Dragons Academy)
9. James Leadbeater
1. Richard Cornock
2. Darren Hughes
3. Scott Evans
4. Tom Lampard
5. Ashley Gibson
6. Garin Price
7. Josh Skinner
8. Ieuan Jones (Permit – Bargoed RFC)
Replacements: 16. Zac Hewlett, 17. Gary Carpenter, 18. Taylor Hanson, 19. Scott Matthews, 20. Joe Thomas, 21. Evan Lloyd (Dragons Academy), 22. Ross Pritchard, 23. Leon Andrews.
Cross Keys v Ebbw Vale Principality Premiership
Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018
Venue: Pandy Park
Kick Off: 7.15pm