Match Reports 2011/12
Treorchy (26) Tredegar (6)
Nov 5th 11
Treorchy's determination was enough to see the Zebras put paid to Tredegar's hopes of a first win of the season.
Having now played all the teams in Division 1, and putting in some spirited performances Tredegar's effort against Treorchy was full of mistakes, wrong options taken and aimlessly kicking the ball away to allow the Zebras attacking opportunities that flattered to deceive.
Despite tremendous pressure in the first quarter Tredegar weathered the storm and a great defensive effort prevented the Zebras scoring and it was only when Tredegar were depleted when second row Lloyd Williams was consigned to the bin that the Zebras got over the whitewash with tries from Andrew Mallin and Peter Hutchins who celebrated his 200th league appreance for the black and whites. Celyn Ashton converted both.
Up to full strength Tredegar should have got on the score sheet when Ryan Thomas was just pulled up inches from the line and shortly after Rhys Hallett's dazzling run from half way was only halted by some desperate tackling just short of the tryline.
For Tredegar, Scott Amber slotted two penalties to reduce the deficit but the Zebras lead 12 points to 6 at the half way stage.
Tredegar's tenacious tackling spearheaded by Steve Knight in the second half kept Treorchy at bay but some sloppy kicking out of hand saw Andrew Mallin bag his second try of the afternoon and Treorchy's bonus point came when Lloyd Williams crossed following another poor kick. Ashton converted leaving Tredegar to rue what might have been.
For Tredegar Matt Mcgovern showed up well and Cameron Price-Regan was effective going forward but Tredegar suffered a huge blow when Rhys Hallet was forced to leave the field with a shoulder injury which looks as if the captain could be sidelined for the next few weeks.
Tredegar need to concentrate on eliminating mistakes and make more effective use of the boot as that first elusive win cannot be far away.
Saturday Tredegar are at home and resume old rivalries with former foes, Glamorgan Wanderers