Cardiff Dragons 0 – 1 Brighton Bandits


The Dragons were very unfortunate to end losing a game that could of gone either way as both sides were very evenly matched.

Team:- Kris, Muzz (Manager), Anthony (Capt), Jason, Christian, Paul, Dave F, Sam, Simon, Crispin, Mark.

Subs:- Aris, John A, Daren.

The match kicked off with the Dragons applying some early pressure Anthony putting in a good corner that caused problems in Brighton box. Mark making some good early runs but Brighton withstood this early pressure.

After the first 10 minutes Brighton were starting to pass the ball about and had caught the Dragons on the break a few times. Then on 12 minutes after a defensive laps by the Dragons Brighton broke through down the centre of field and scored a well worked goal giving Kris in the Dragons goal no chance.

The Brighton No 9 was causing the Dragons problems with his runs in the first half but the Dragons held firm with some excellent defending from Muzz and Cristian who were very strong in the tackle. The Dragons were unlucky on 40 minutes when Jason hit the cross bar from the edge of the box.

The Dragons had a lot of possession in the first half but were unable to break a very well organised Brighton side down. Kris was called into action just before half time and made a good save to ensure the score remained 1-0 to Brighton at half time.

Muzz made 2 changes at half time replacing Jason who had been solid all first half at right back with Aris, and Simon making his league debut for the Dragons doing some good work down the left midfield with John A.

The 2nd half started off much like the 1st half with the Dragons having a lot of possession with some good early interlink work between Aris and Sam down the right side. The Dragons were creating chances but with no end result. After a foul on Mark a well worked free kick caused problems in Brighton box but was dealt with by there strong defence. After some good work by John A down the left Dave F shoot just went over the cross bar from close range. The luck was not on the Dragons side today. There was more good work from Sam down the right who was running at there defence but were unable to capitalise on our possession. Paul was also finding his feet more in the 2nd half and made some telling clearances as did Muzz and the rest of his defence throughout the match. Crispin held the ball up well at times and had some good touches. Anthony played in a few great corners late on in the game that went begging.

On another day the Dragons could of scored 4 or 5 but it was not to be and the game ended 1-0 to Brighton.

The management would like to thank David Keith once again running the line for us. Also a special thank you to Jordan for recording the game and Matt L and Ali for taking photos. We would also like to thank all the support we had on the day it was fantastic I will try to name you all now if I missed anyone out I apologise as there were so many supporters. Here goes thank you:- Dave Kelly( Chairperson), Ali, Amy, Richie, Luke, Chris, Connor, Simon, Daren, Adam, Jerry, Jordan, Matt L, Adrian, David K, Marks Mum, Marks girlfriend and I think that was it.

The Amos (Assistant Manager)