By Ian Golden at Stebonheath Park
BRADFORD Bulls kept the pressure up on York City Knights after a convincing 104-0 win at West Wales Raiders on Sunday (Sept 9).
The crowd of 826, the largest for a single club game in South Wales for over six years (there have been bigger crowds for double and triple headers), saw largely one-way traffic as the Bulls looked to improve their points difference.
Typically it was the Welsh international on the Bradford side, Dalton Grant, who gave his side the lead, diving in the corner on two minutes. Joe Keyes converted.
Raiders were close to levelling. Dean Higgs dived over a batch of Bulls as he attempted to ground under the sticks, but unfortunately for the home side, he knocked on in the process.
Bradford soon doubled their advantage, Elliot Minchella running in under the sticks and Keyes converting again.
Keyes created the next try, which he converted, palming the ball off to Callum Buston who forced his way over.
Following a penalty, Bradford scored their fourth try. Tuoyo Egodo set up Ethan Ryan to score in the corner. Keyes converted.
Minchella stole from Sam Baker on a one on one for Bradford’s fifth try, that Keyes again converted to make it 30-0 on 20 minutes.
After Bradford won their sixth penalty, they got their sixth try, Jy Hitchcox running over and Keyes converting.
After Dalton Desmond-Walker was close to getting Raiders on the board, losing the ball when diving over the line, Bradford scored again after Steve Crossley picked up a loose ball, Keyes having no issue with the conversion. 42-0 on 30 minutes.
Raiders had another spell of possession and again looked for a try. However Bradford held out and when they when back on the attack, they scored again through Ross Peltier with Gregg McNally quickly bringing up the half century. Keyes converted both and Bradford went into half-time 54-0 to the good.
It took Bradford just three second half minutes to get their tenth try, Matt Storton running through and Keyes converting.
Grant and Hitchcox both quickly their second tries of the game with Keyes missing both goal attempts, bringing the score up to 68-0 on 50 minutes.
Ryan scored his second, and Bradford’s 13th on 58 minutes, with Keyes converting well on that occasion, but was unable to land the extras when McNally got his second try, that one coming in the 63rd minute.
Jordan Lilley added Bradford’s 15th try, which went unconverted, before Minchella brought up his hat-trick with ten minutes remaining, scoring under the posts which made Keyes kick easier to make it 88-0.
Buston’s second of the match, again converted by Keyes, brought the score up to 94-0. Dane Chisholm’s try, which looked to have scored following a knock-on, followed by Keyes’ conversion, ensured that the Raiders had conceded 100 points for the sixth time this season.
Bradford weren’t finished yet. Hitchcox’s second try of the day and Bradford’s 18th completed the scoring.
Raiders: 3 Kurtis Haille, 19 Rowland Kaye, 18 Craig Lewis, 24 Nye Walker, 2 Liam Silver, 5 Sam Baker, 6 Luke Williams, 13 Alan Pope, 15 Dean Higgs, 10 Morgan Evans, 20 Archie Snook, 11 Callum Mulkeen, 12 Harrison Elliott. Subs: 14 Dalton Desmond-Walker, 22 Macauley Harris, 26 James Walter, 8 Connor Parker.
Clayton comeback stuns Van Gerwen
PONTYBEREM darts ace Jonny Clayton pulled off one of the shocks of the Grand Slam of Darts as he came from three legs behind to beat world number one Michael Van Gerwen 5-4 on Sunday (Nov 11).
The 44 year old Welshman looked to be down and out with the score at 4-2 but he never gave up and went on to claim one of the biggest victories of his career.
Van Gerwen has won the last three Grand Slam tournaments and was firm favourite to pick up another win going into the second of their three game group.
Clayton threw first in the first to five legs match but it was the Dutchman who hit the first 180 before going on to break with a 94 checkout.
The world number 17 hit back though and after Van Gerwen missed the bull for a 128 checkout he took out 64 to level the game up.
However, Clayton could not back that up opening up with just 26 in the third leg before Van Gerwen hit 180 and 171 to leave just 16 which he checked out at the second attempt.
The Welshman had an excellent average of 115 at this stage but that was trumped by his opponent, averaging 122.
Van Gerwen then increased his lead with a 16-dart leg but Clayton seemed unfazed.
He hit his second 180 in the fifth leg and checked out on 80 to pull a leg back but a bounce out at the start of the next leg set him back again.
MVG hit another 180 and although he missed a 64 finish he took out double ten to make the score 4-2.
Clayton only opened the seventh leg with a ton followed by a 60 but Van Gerwen did take full advantage hitting a 140 before responding to Clayton’s 60 with a score of 58.
The Welshman then hit 168 to leave himself with just 16 and after Van Gerwen missed on 114 he closed the leg out to make it 4-3.
More low scores in the eighth leg from Clayton looked to put MVG in control but he then missed check outs of 76 and 16 to allow Clayton in to check out with 58 to level the game at 4-4.
Clayton had the throw in the final leg and hit 140 with his second throw before Van Gerwen hit just 97.
The Pontyberem-born Clayton then hit 137 to leave himself with 40 but MVG put the pressure on leaving himself with 74 if Clayton slipped up.
Clayton needed just two darts as he hit double top to secure a memorable comeback victory.
The Welshman said he was ‘Over the moon’ following the win and took to Twitter to thank those who had sent him messages adding: “Made up with that! Incredible to be part of a match like that and then to win it against a class act (Michael Van Gerwen) playing like that is absolutely brilliant.”
Clayton now plays the BDO’s Gary Robson in his last match of the group tomorrow (Nov 13) with qualification for the next round not yet secure.
Trallwm, Trostre and Bwlch through to round three
TRALLWM went through to the third round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Nov 3) as they beat Pwll Athletic 5-2.
Kris Brown scored a hat trick for the Tigers while other goals came from Rhys Watson and Luke Nicholas.
Carmarthen Stars were knocked out of the Cup as they were beaten 3-1 by Giants Grave. Richard Barnes, Dean Evans and Ross Hudson all scored for the Neath Premier League leaders.
C K Swiss Valley were also knocked out beaten 3-1 at home by Sandfields.
Pontlliw earned their place in the third round with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Pontarddulais Town after their game had finished 1-1 after extra time.
Trostre Sports also eased through to the next round as they thrashed West End United 9-1.
Johnstown also earned their place in the next round of the tournament with a 6-2 win at home to Wern.
Bwlch Rangers came from behind twice to book their place in the third round of the West Wales Cup.
Opponents Penclawdd, who play in Division 1 of the Swansea League, took a two goal lead before Blwch pulled a goal back before half time.
In the second half the Rangers levelled matters only for Penclawdd to retake the lead at 3-2.
However, Bwlch showed their class to score twice more to see themselves into the next round.
Matthew Hughes scored twice for Bwlch while Mathew Williams and Jason Morris were also on target for the victors.
FC Carmarthen bowed out of the competition, beaten 3-1 by Loughor Rovers despite taking the lead in that game.
Seaside’s run in the competition also came to an end as they were beaten 7-3 by last year’s champions Goodwick United.
Dafen bow out to Maltsters
DAFEN Welfare bowed out of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Nov 3) as they were beaten 3-0 by Maltsters Sports.
The Swansea League Division 1 side have won five, lost five and drawn one of their 11 games so far this season and they came up against a Dafen side who have just two wins and three draws from their nine games.
Kyle Morgan, Sam Keefe and Chris Hughes all scored for the visitors while they also did well to keep a clean sheet.
Maltsters’ Gareth Morrell was named as the man of the match for his side following an excellent display.
Dafen will now turn their attentions back to the Premier League and on Saturday (Nov 10) they are away to Evans and Williams.
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