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Goodwin hat-trick inspires Pool

Created on 09/12/2019 @ 11:29
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In-form Welshpool gained a hard-fought bonus point win against a gritty Bangor side who fought to the final whistle, writes Gary Williams from Oval Zone Magazine.

Playing against a howling wind, Welshpool weathered the early onslaught from the hosts and were the first on the scoreboard when Ryan Goodwin (pictured) powered over for the opening score of the game after 12 minutes.

The rest of the half was played in Welshpool territory, but the visitors, to their credit, restricted Bangor to just two penalties which gave the hosts a 6-5 lead at the interval.

It was Welshpool’s turn to have the elements in their favour and after just two minutes of the half, a good move allowed Goodwin to claim his second try, converted by Alfie Pryce, to open a 6-12 lead.

Bangor fought back and some backchat to the referee by a visiting player moved a penalty 10 yards closer to the posts which was excellently converted to make it 9-12.

With 10 minutes left, it was quick-thinking Joe Stranks, who tapped a penalty and wriggled over the line to give Pool some breathing space at 9-17. In the last minute, it was left to talisman Goodwin to cross for his hat-trick and secure his team the win with a try bonus point and a final score of 9-22.

Elsewhere in Division Two North Wales, Newtown came up short against a much-improved Colwyn Bay side.

With a visit to league leaders Mold next Saturday, Newtown were hoping to get a much-needed confidence boosting win but it was not to be as the Bay just kept their noses in front throughout the game for the 12-21 win.

Llanidloes came up against a full strength Shotton Steel side who proved too good on the day with the visitors claiming a 12-40 victory, ensuring that Llani remain at the bottom of the table.

In Division One North, COBRA also suffered a disappointing defeat in their home game against Pwllheli, going down 8-34.

WRU Division One North

COBRA 8, Pwllheli 34

WRU Division Two North

Bangor 9, Welshpool 22

Llanidloes 12, Shotton Steel 40

Newtown 12, Colwyn Bay 21

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