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Monday, February 19, 2024
Hodgkins & Bridgend Ravens Fall to Ebbw

Jamin Hodgkins and his Bridgend teammates fell to playoff chasers Ebbw Vale 36 - 13, the visitors blitz either side of halftime downed Bridgend, Ebbw went on to secure a bonus point late on to leave the Dunraven Brewery Field with five points.

Evan Lloyd slotted an early Penalty before Bridgend struck for the opening Try.

Sustained pressure from Bridgend was well held by Ebbw. The hosts had to work hard to get over the line. A quick tap penalty saw Iestyn Merriman crash over. Hodgkins added the Conversion.

Hodgkins went on to add two penalties as the half hour mark passed pushing Bridgend into a 10 point lead.

Bridgend handed Ebbw Vale their best chance of the half deep in their own 22, Bridgend turned over possession and the visitors struck as half time closed in. Jonathan Evans sniped his way through the Bridgend defense for the visitors opening try. Evan Lloyd added the extras, leaving Bridgend with a three point halftime lead.

Ebbw Vale struck for two early second half Tryís swinging the tie well into their favor. Ewan Bowden and Lewis Young touched down.

Bridgend, now trailing by 11, tried to force their way back into the game but errors plus resolute Ebbw defense left the hosts pointless throughout the second half.

Ebbw Vale went on to add two late scores securing a bonus point victory to maintain their playoff charge.
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