This from the South Wales Andrex:
Ebbw Vale and Newbridge met at Eugene Cross Park each seeking a fifth successive win, with the home side boosting a try count of 30 in only four fixtures.
The visitors had been no slouches in their quartet of games, crossing 18 times, and the game was expected to be a close encounter.
However, that’s not the way matters panned out as Ebbw Vale’s try-scoring exploits continued, no fewer than five being recorded in a fine 37-7 success which takes them above Bargoed.
Ebbw Vale head coach Neil Edwards expressed his delight at the success: “It was a good performance once we got going and we are obviously very pleased with the result.
“We started OK, but took a while to really get going and we had to react because there was a lot of pressure on us to get the win.
“We have a good squad here and matters are going well at the moment, but no-one here is getting carried away at all.
“We now need to kick on from here because there are some very difficult challenges ahead for us.”
Newbridge team manager Darryl Williams was gracious in defeat and revealed his side had deserved to lose.
“We made too many mistakes while they were very clinical in their finishing,” he continued.
“However, we now have another derby on Saturday and a game against Pontypool gives us an opportunity to bounce back.”
Scoring five-pointers for Ebbw Vale were number eight and skipper Ronny Keynes, wingers Tom Ashmead and Wes Cuncliffe, centre John Lewis and replacement scrum-half Josh Davies.
Outside-half Dan Haymond kicked three conversions and a penalty and Lewis landed a penalty, while Newbridge had one moment of glory a minute after the interval, when former Ebbw Vale scrum-half Tom Edwards charged down a Haymond clearance for a try which stand-off Neil Burnett converted.
Next up is a trip to Blackwood.