James Garland impressed for Llandovery at the Brewery Field
Bridgend Ravens salvaged a 16-16 draw against high flying Llandovery at the Brewery Field.
At half time the Ravens seemed down and out, trailing by 10 points. But an excellent second half comeback saw them earn a share of the spoils and they could perhaps have got even more.
Bridgend were slow to get out of the blocks and after six minutes, Bryn Griffiths crossed for the Drovers. The excellent James Garland kicked the extras.
The rest of the half was stalemate. Bridgend were forced into a lot of defending, including some excellent last ditch efforts from Adam O'Driscoll and Nathan Edwards. Ross Jones kicked the home side clear on numerous occasions as they failed to get any meaningful attacking position.
As the first 40 drew to a close, Garland kicked another penalty following some handbags on half way involving Ashleigh James.
Despite a 10-0 deficit, the Ravens emerged from the tunnel for the second half a totally different side. Although Garland kicked Llandovery into a stronger lead, Jones reduced the deficit within two minutes.
Ben Rose's side now had their tails up and were unlucky not to score, Llandovery defending superbly.
As Bridgend embarked on another attack, Tom Grabham sliced through the visiting defence to crash over for a score under the posts. This was converted by Jones to put Bridgend within touching distance of the Drovers.
The closing 20 minutes belonged to the home side. Although Garland seemed to have put the game beyond the hosts with another penalty, Jones slotted a stupendous effort to put the game back on a knife edge.
With the score at 13-16 to Llandovery and the game well into injury time, it seemed all over. But some persistent Ravens tackling earned them a penalty in the Llandovery 22 and Jones calmly stepped up to salvage a well-earned draw for the home side.
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