17th May 2012, 06:28
North Wales Conference week two
The North Wales Conference is now up and running and the first weekend of fixtures was a huge success, with many local players and match officials all involved. Round Two sees Conwy Celts head along the coast to meet Prestatyn and Rhyl...
North Wales Conference – Round Two Preview
By Ryan Gould
The North Wales Conference is now up and running and the first weekend of fixtures was a huge success, with many local players and match officials all involved. Round Two sees Conwy Celts head along the coast to meet Prestatyn and Rhyl Panthers, whilst Dee Valley Dragons play hosts to the Wrexham Bradley Raiders.
Prestatyn and Rhyl Panthers v Conwy Celts – Saturday 19th May, 2pm Kick Off at Prestatyn Leisure Centre.
Prestatyn and Rhyl Panthers come head to head with the Conwy Celts in what is set to be an exciting game on the north coast. Prestatyn were victorious against the Raiders and played a fast-flowing, exciting brand of rugby league, running riot early on.
They are still yet to await the verdict regarding Liam Kennedy, his sin-binning later turning into a red during last Saturday’s fixture. If he is cleared to play, he is likely to be key in what the Panthers do well, grabbing a brace of tries against the Raiders.
The Celts also on the back of a win will be fired up for this encounter, with a strong squad ahead of the game and coming from behind to overturn the Dragons in last week’s fixture.
Referee: Simon Wallace
Dee Valley Dragons v Wrexham and Bradley Raiders – Saturday 19th May, 2pm Kick Off at Dee Park, Corwen.
Dee Valley Dragons welcome the Raiders to Corwen on the back of a narrow 34-24 defeat to Conwy Celts last weekend. Kyle Jones, captain of the Dragons against
Conwy said: “We were unlucky to lose at the Celts, especially after leading at half time. We know exactly what needs to be done this week.
“Everyone is looking forward to this game on Saturday. Wrexham are looking a good side and even though it’s only their second league game it should be a tough one, no one is taking them lightly.”
The Raiders were also on the wrong end of the scoreline in Round One, losing 34-12 to the Prestatyn and Rhyl Panthers. They did outscore their opponents in the second period though, scoring a try without reply. These are encouraging signs for the new Wrexham-based club and they will no doubt want to go one better this week and beat Dee Valley Dragons on their own turf. They will also be looking for their prop James Clark to lead them through the game, returning to Dee Valley Dragons where he played last year and also being named man-of-the match against the Panthers.
Referee: Gary Stevenson