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Wrexham
Dolgellau
Sat 16 Feb 14:30 - WRU National Leagues - North Wales Division Two Full time

Wrexham v Dolgellau

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Battle of Bryan Estyn

Match report from yesterday’s 1st team game courtesy of jack harrison

Wrexham head coach Alan Jenkins challenged his side to replicate their performance on Thursday following their 19-6 success over title rivals Dolgellau.
Wrexham moved ten points ahead of their opponents as the race for promotion hots up.
Although only half the battle has been won as Wrexham travel to Dolgellau on Thursday evening for the return fixture.
Jenkins said; “I thought it was one of our more impressive performances. We made a couple of mistakes but everyone stepped up and gave 100%.
The defence was a full blooded effort and we looked really dangerous in attack when he had the chances.”
He set his players a simple challenge. “If we can replicate that on Thursday, I’ll be happy!” No pressure there then.
In glorious conditions at Bryn Estyn Lane, the match was played at a frantic pace from minute one.
Some early pressure from the visitors resulted in them taking the lead through a penalty courtesy of Henri Roberts.
In a very physical opening 40, with neither sides creating many clear cut chances, a moment of brilliance from the ever improving Jacob Hughes gave the hosts their first score.
He broke through a slight gap before throwing a dummy and running underneath the sticks for a score which he converted himself.
Roberts reduced the deficit with another penalty, meaning only one point separated the sides at the break.
The visitors played the majority of the first half deep in Wrexham territory yet the hosts prevailed thanks to some ferocious defending, in particular Jay Andrews, who had a very impressive afternoon.
With a heavy Dolgellau pack tiring, the hosts put their mark on the game. A well executed driving maul led to Aaron Hughes diving over for a second try.
Not long after and Wrexham had their third, Hughes turned provider and put Olly Dodd through a gap and the centre had enough speed to get over the line for a converted score.
The hosts saw out the rest of the game in a very composed manner, however they couldn’t quite secure the all important bonus point try in the latter stages.
All the attention will now turn to Thursday evening as it looks increasingly likely that the winner of that game will be plying their trade in Division One next season.

Team selection

Dodd, Nicholas Dodd, Nicholas
Rae, Bailey Rae, Bailey
Dodd, Olly Dodd, Olly
Whiteley, Matthew Whiteley, Matthew
leckie, scott leckie, scott
Hughes, Jacob Hughes, Jacob
Weston, Owen Weston, Owen
harrison, jack harrison, jack
Chaloner, Calum Chaloner, Calum
Moore, Rob Moore, Rob
Burgoyne, Christian Burgoyne, Christian
Andrews, Jay Andrews, Jay
Weston, Jamie Weston, Jamie
Moore, Mike Moore, Mike
Spencer, Richard Spencer, Richard

League round up

Other North Wales Division Two results

Rhyl
10
17
Llanidloes
37
22
Welshpool
Abergele
7
15
Bangor
Colwyn Bay
15
32

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# Team Pl Pts
1. COBRA 20 86
2. Dolgellau 20 81
3. Wrexham 20 76
4. Newtown 20 54
5. Rhyl 20 50
6. Teirw Nant 20 48
7. Llanidloes 20 42

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