19th May 2013, 17:45
SUNDAY'S NORTH CONFERENCE ROUND-UP
TEAMS GO ON TRY SPREES IN A BUZZING NORTH WALES WEEKEND
By Gary Baker
A REMARKABLE '156 points were scored in the two North Wales Conference matches over the weekend as Flintshire Falcons, Conwy Celts, Dee Valley Dragons and Wrexham Bradley Raiders went on try sprees.
The Falcons were 32-6 down at half-time in their home clash with reigning champions Conwy but fought back bravely to make a great game of it in the end.
Conwy set the pace in the opening period through their powerful pack who gained some good yardage in the ruck situations. That enabled their backs to set loose and exploit the Falcons' defence.
But it was credit to the Falcons who had only 16 available players and only two props, the latter who played the entire match without an interchange rest. Also several other players filled unfamilar positions.
So it was great for the crowd to see the Falcons fightback with some excellent tries as they closed the gap to just 12 points at one stage of the game but late tries from the Celts gave them the match by an amazing 64-44
Flintshire coach Mark Parry said: “Falcons take lots of positives with four lads making their debut. Also with several key players are returning during the week so Tthursdays away game to the Panthers should be a cracker. “
Dee Valley Dragons and Wrexham Bradley Raiders fought out a ding-dong battle at Corwen on Sunday which saw the Dragons just come out on top by eight points.
Wrexham showed plenty of spirit as they went down 48-40 as this was their first match of the season. But it is the Dragons who have now got off the mark with a win after losing their opening clash last week.
And Dee Valley assistant coach Barry Jones said: “It was a very good game with some big hits from both sides.”