Bargoed vs Cross keys 12/10/2019
Despite the miserable weather in the week leading up to the game and the forecast predicting rain for Saturday, The Keys arrived to a relatively dry sunny Bargoed park.
The Keys were still in search of that first Championship league win and having beat Bargoed towards the end of last season before both teams were relegated, both teams took to the field with a point to prove.
It only took 2 minutes before Cross keys conceded a penalty just outside their 22 in front of the post. This didn’t prove too difficult for Steffan Jones who slotted it straight through the posts to give Bargoed an early 3-0 lead.
After this false start for The Keys and a bit of toing and froing on the half way line for 10 minutes, Bargoed managed to break into Cross keys’ half whilst there a penalty was conceded by The Keys which lead to a scrum on the keys 5 metre line, Bargoed took full advantage of this and over powered The keys to take the first try of the game, however the conversion was missed giving Bargoed a 8-0 lead.
Bargoed came back strong on the attack and soon managed to make their way back into the Cross Keys 22,The Keys managed the situation well with a turn over and clearance which put them in a strong position in the oppositions half where they remained for the next 5 minutes with clear determination to come away with some points. This perseverance paid off and Jordan Rogers crossed the line to put the first points on the board for the Keys which was followed by a successful conversion by Kieran Hill.
Play resumed with a very quiet 20 mins from both teams, with neither team really looking threatening. Half time was approaching and was looking like the first 40 mins would end in single figures for both teams, however just before half time a scrum was rewarded to Bargoed, after a few resets, they finally overpowered The Keys to take another try. This was then converted to leave the half time score 13-7 to Bargoed.
The second half got underway with Bargoed adding to the score board within the first 4 minutes of play, this time with a try and conversion.
With 2 early replacements from the home team they started to get into their stride and manage to score another converted try. With the score now at 27-7 the Keys new they were in a for a tough remaining 60 minutes to get back into the game. With this in mind, The Keys decided to bring on some fresh legs with Scott Hoskins replacing Jordan Rogers in the front row and Alex Upton being replace by number Lewis Allwood on the wing.
The Keys soon found themselves in Bargoed’s half and pushing hard to gain some ground into the 22, with several minute spent on the oppositions 5 metre line it was looking promising that the Keys would walk away with some points for their efforts. Unfortunately, their efforts went unrewarded with a scrum being awarded to Bargoed allowing them to clear their line.
With a few more replacements from both sides the game started to settle with no team showing any signs of scoring.
Unfortunately, in the 62nd minute the replacement winger for Cross Keys Lewis Allwood was shown a yellow card for a high tackle, leaving the keys with 14 men for the next 10 minutes, which left the already up hill climb they had in front of them seem even steeper.
The home team took advantage of this deficit and managed to score in the corner, with the conversion being scored by a familiar face to The Keys, Josh Prosser.
The Keys were soon back up to full strength but Bargoed remained in visitors half for the remainder of the game and finally piling on the pressure for their final try just minutes before the final whistle.
Final score Bargoed 46-7 Cross Keys
Not the best day in the office for the hard-working Cross Keys squad, but we’ll keep on pushing forward and on to the next game against Tata Steel at home this Saturday.
report by Nathan Owen