It was a ferocious start, with Aberavon crossing early on through Dan Davies. Jamie Davies kicked a penalty to give his side an extended lead.
As the game seemed to be getting away from Bridgend, they responded to put themselves into a healthy lead. Nathan Edwards made a scintillating break, showing full-back Jon Phillips the outside to score in corner. Lewis Williams landed an excellent touchline conversion on his return to the side.
The rest of the half was dominated by the visitors. The vocal travelling support would have been encouraged by the high speed back play on show from Ben Rose's side. They were to reap the rewards of good ball retention, as Jamie Murphy bundled his way through a number of flailing Wizards tacklers to score on his return to the Talbot Athletic Ground. Again, Williams landed the conversion to give his side the lead.
That was not it for Bridgend. Lightning winger Ashley Evans, who impressed for Wales at the Junior World Championship, capped a fine half for the Ravens, finishing off a good team move to put Bridgend 19-8 up at the break.
The second half was one of total contrast. Aberavon raced back into the game with tries from Stefan Andrews, Richard Thomas and a late match winner from replacement Aaron Jones. These efforts sandwiched a second try for the Ravens from Nathan Edwards which was converted by Williams.
Bridgend were left stunned by a fantastic comeback from their regional opponents, but will be encouraged by the first half performance - along with the four tries that they scored at a notoriously tricky ground.