BANGOR claimed derby bragging rights with a 24-22 victory at Menai Bridge in the Rybrook Land Rover Conwy North Wales Intermediate Cup.

Both teams made the most of near perfect conditions to produce a thoroughly entertaining match, with the away side drawing first blood when Calvin Williams burst over for a converted try early on.

Bridge replied with a Dion McGrath penalty soon after, and things got even better for the home side after some quick-thinking from Dave Williams resulted in the talented player crossing the white wash.

McGrath despatched the conversion attempt, but back came the visitors’ midway through the half and they went over again thanks to a surging run and score from number eight Tom Yardley. Tom Belt added the extras.

The away side were now in rampant mood and once again Yardley was the beneficiary of some sustained pressure when he touched down for his second score of the tie, and Belt was successful with the conversion attempt to give Bangor an 11-point cushion at the break.

After the break saw Bridge impose themselves on proceedings from the outset, and they were rewarded for their improved play when player coach James Wynne crossed the line from close range to reduce the arrears. McGrath once again added the extras.

Bell kept the scoreboard ticking over with another penalty following a high tackle soon after, and despite a late rally and another score from the hosts late on it was not enough to see them emerge victorious after a frantic finish to a pulsating contest.