BALA 15

LLANDUDNO 17

TITLE favourites Llandudno knew they had been in a game over the weekend.

The unbeaten WRU League Division One (North) leaders were forced to come from behind to gather a slender success at in-form Bala.

Maes Gwyniad was the setting for Llandudno's last defeat and they knew they were in for a tough challenge against Bala.

Early pressure came from Llandudno and the early stages were played in the Bala half of the pitch.

With the Goats looking to play their usual expansive game, wing Rhys Henderson made some serious runs.

Bala withstood this pressure and they grabbed the first points of the contest.

From their first foray into opposition territory, indecision from the Llandudno defence allowed Dion Atherton to pounce on a loose ball in the dead ball area for the first try.

The visitors responded and full back Arthur Lennon left a number of defenders in his wake as he attacked down the right wing from just inside his own half to touch down for an unconverted try in the corner.

Llandudno claimed the lead for the first time soon after the restart.

When Rhys Henderson was tackled, he was supported by his forwards and flanker Bobby Davies crossed for a try under the posts.

This was converted by Lennon.

Despite these setbacks, Bala responded and Luis Prieto kicked a penalty to cut the gap between the teams to four points at the break.

The second half began with the home side showing a lot more purpose and keeping possession in the opposition 22.

While Llandudno defended well, the pressure told after an hour.

Following a catch and drive from a five-metre lineout, Garen Davies crossed for a try, which was converted by Prieto.

This gave Bala a 15-12 lead, but some indiscipline from the hosts awarded Llandudno a penalty from the restart.

When Lennon kicked it to touch, the visitors won the ball from the lineout and after a number of phases, Rhys Henderson's try regained the lead for Llandudno.

There were no opportunities for Bala during the remainder of the contest and they had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point in a narrow 17-15 reverse.

"It could have gone either way," said Bala chairman Tony Parry.

"Once they got to 17-15, they closed the game out well in the last 20 minutes."