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Rugby union: Mold push Caernarfon but Swalec League Division One North leaders hold on to win

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DESPITE struggling this season Mold asked some tough questions of Swalec League Division One North leaders Caernarfon at Chester Road.

After the Cofis squandered scoring opportunities created by two early plays they finally got off the mark thanks to a penalty kick from Kelvin Morris after Mold were caught offside.

Their lead did not last long though, as the visitors were spotted with their hands inside a ruck offence, presenting Mold skipper Steve Quinton the opportunity gain parity with a successful penalty, which he duly converted.

Caernarfon did settle into a rhythm in open play but at the set pieces Mold pressured and harried them and refused to let the Cofis have it all their own way.

Mold then launched a speculative kick to attempt to catch their visitors on the hop but the ball found touch before they could get their hands on it.

A cruel twist of fate minutes later saw the ball bounce favourably for Caernarfon’s Lance Williams who fed full back Dylan Parry for a 60 metre run to score, Morris adding the extras.

But Mold refused to lie down, scrum half Jamie Winning keeping his side motoring.

Another penalty allowed Quinton to close the gap to 10-6 but the Caernarfon responded with another free run for Dylan Parry, Morris again converting.

In the second half, Mold battled uphill but kept up their resistance, camping in the visitors’ 22-metre area with pick up and drives before second row Pat Hughes made a try, converted by Ashley James.

But the Cofis rallied and winger Lance Williams scored a decisive final try which Morris converted to secure victory.

Mold will need to maintain their momentum without a game until March 3 when they host Bethesda.