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12 May 2017 / Club News

The Old Warrior stars as Markham end season in style against Forgeside

After what was a very tough loss to take away to Deri on the weekend, Markham had little time to recover before the final game of the season away to Forgeside. Having already guaranteed promotion, this was perhaps a chance for The Village to cut loose and put the finishing touches on what has been another very successful season.

Markham were attacking from all areas of the field in a first few minutes, however a few knock on’s prevented any clear cut chances, as Forgeside were able to hang on. However, their relief was short lived after Kris Meredith went on a sniping run drawing defenders towards him before passing to Lewis Hughes, who intelligently stepped inside from the touch line and finished strongly to put Markham into a 5-0 lead, the conversion was added to make the score 7-0. Markham continued to control the game kicking the home side back into their 22 and carrying hard through Grant Davies and Daniel Duggan, but Forgeside dug in deep and defended well.  After an injury stoppage, Forgeside gained momentum after a good run from their centre deep into the Markham half, after a lineout in Markham’s 22, the ball popped out and Forgeside’s opportunistic captain picked up the ball and powered his way over to score a try and reduce the deficit to 7-5.

Forgeside would not be in touch for the rest of the game though, as Markham ran in another three tries before half time. The Village set up a powerful driving maul, giving Forgeside a taste of their own medicine and Iwen Edwards touched down to restore Markham’s 7 point lead. Markham’s third try was a fine individual effort by Markham’s star player in the first half, Kris Meredith again ran away from defenders before accelerating and finishing superbly in the corner. Markham played with great width again for the fourth try, spinning the ball out wide and running at pace before Lewis Hughes completed a brace of tries.

With a comfortable lead heading into the second half, Markham continued to attack well and played with great discipline and mistake free rugby. Captain Gavin Price went on one of his signature skipping runs before offloading to Dewi Carpenter whose sidestepped puzzled the defenders as he added to his million tries for the season. Man of the Match Simon Morgan who showed excellent leadership and skill with ball in hand throughout the game, got his first try of the game after Forgeside were put under serious pressure in their 22, the Old Warrior stole the ball and got over the try line to give Markham a 36-5 lead. Markham were disrupting Forgeside ball, and after a steal from a line out a simple pass inside to Lewis Benjamin allowed him to cut through a hole in the defence and make the lead 43-5. Markham added another try after another turnover through Dewi Carpenter. Markham continued to pounce on Forgeside’s mistakes, Kris Meredith picked up a loose ball and jogged sixty metres for an easy score to extend Markham’s lead to 57-5.

Markham remained ruthless towards the end of the game adding another four tries. Liam Parry showed great hands to catch a ball at pace before powering through a tackle to score. Then came the try of the game, as both forwards and backs got involved keeping the ball alive and making yards quickly, the ball was moved wide before Lewis Benjamin cut inside to complete his brace. It was all too easy as a simple pass out wide put Dewi Carpenter into space, and he cruised under the posts to get Markham to the 80 mark. Markham completed an excellent win when the ball was spun out wide again, and Simon Morgan got his 2nd try of the game to complete a vintage performance. It was a great response to the disappointment of Saturday and the Village will look to finish on a high against rivals Aberbargoed on the 20th May in the Gwent Districts Cup Final.

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