Bulls no show as relegation fears deepen at Groe


Gavin Grosvenor

Swalec One West (C)

Builth Wells 0

Maesteg 24

NICK Howells backed Builth Wells to escape the drop despite conceding his disappointment after slumping to a home defeat to Maesteg.

The result leaves the Bulls facing a mounting struggle against the drop from division one west central but the Builth coach insisted a great escape was still possible.

“I am very disappointed,” said Howells. “If we had stuck to our game plan we would of created more chances. Instead we decided to run through brick wall instead of around them.

“We have now made it really hard for ourselves but we are capable as long as we learn from the mistakes.”

Builth began in dominant fashion and pinned the visitors inside their own 22 metres for a majority of the first-half only to fail to convert the pressure into points.

Builth were twice frustrated in key areas with a dropped ball over the line and a foot judged in touch denying them the opening points of the game.

Maesteg led against the run of play when wing Kynan Thomas capitalised on a lucky bounce to run the length of the field to crash over for a try, converted by Liam Healey.

Maesteg’s larger pack came to the fore after the break with the home forwards unable to make an impact.

Unconverted tries from Dewi Parry and Gareth Davies sealed the points as Maesteg capitalised on weakness in the hosts tackling before a break away try from Grant Epton, converted by Healey, completed the scoring.

BUILTH: Barrett, Baggett, Lewis, T Davies, Samuel, G Jones, G Davies, Brown, Mills, R Jones, Morris, L Evans, Jarman, Pugh,T Davies. Reps: Parry, R Jones, D Davies, Hutchinson, Boore

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