BALA'S involvement in a national competition came to an end over the weekend.

The men from Maes Gwyniad headed south to take on Division One (West Central) Bridgend Athletic in the second round of the WRU Specsavers National Plate.

It was the South Walian hosts who were celebrating at the final whistle thanks to a 26-3 success.

Despite torrential rain in the days leading up to the tie, the pitch at Newbridge Fields was in remarkably good condition.

The home side exerted early pressure and they took the lead courtesy of a try from Sean Williams, with Luke Bevan converting.

Bevan kicked a penalty to stretch the advantage to 10 points, before Bala gained some points via Llion Jones' penalty from 35 minutes.

That's as good as it got for the visitors, though, with Bevan soon kicking his second penalty to make it 13-3.

The Athletic kicker added a further penalty after Bala had been reduced to 14 men due to a yellow card.

It was pretty much game over when Bridgend Athletic secured their second try, which was scored by number eight Ben Davies.

One further try would arrive prior to the final whistle and it was scored by home replacement Nathan Holman.