Despite conceding a very early Try Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates hit back in style and ran in eight unanswered Try’s to comprehensively defeat their neighbours Cross Keys 48 - 8.
Keys registered the first score within two minutes after starting at a gallop, the ball being moved through the hands across the field to right winger Jacob Unwin to cross in the left hand corner.
Bedwas looked to counter and five minutes later gained their reward as an attack down the home right flank resulted in Andy Evans pouncing on a loose ball to level the scores. James Dixon successfully added the conversion to put his side ahead.
Both sides looked for openings but mistakes prevented any addition to the scores, most of the mistakes being handling error but also both sides were penalised for not releasing the ball in the tackle.
Adam Williams charged through for a try around the half hour mark after a good break by Garyn Payne. Dixon again converting. The home forwards began to dominate in the tight and five minutes flanker Josh Williams on permit from Caerphilly crossed in the left hand corner. Dixon’s kick went wide.
Geraint Edmunds went off injured at half time to be replaced by eighteen year old Dragons Academy prospect Taine Powell before Bedwas made several changes between 45 and 50 minutes played as Richard Powell made a welcome comeback and the entire front row were replaced along with winger Andy Evans replaced by yet another eighteen year old in Corey Howells.
It didn’t take long for the replacements to make an impact as first Adam Williams notched his second try of the night, followed by Richard Powell (Powell converting his own try) put the game out of reach of the visitors.
Bedwas continued to attack and Mike Callow broke through the home midfield to score by the posts, Powell again converting.
Bedwas weren’t finished. Dan Preece got on the scoresheet as his fellow forwards drove him over with seven minutes left to play, Powell’s conversion putting the home side 43 points to 8 up.
With time just about up Basham got across the whitewash as he ran through and dive over the line, Powell’s kick missing the target but it wasn’t decisive. This win puts the race for the semi-final place in the group wide open with Newport leading the way with ten points from three games ahead of Bedwas and Keys both on six points but Bedwas having played a game fewer.