It has been a dismal autumn to be a fan of Ebbw Vale as the Premiership Champions of just 18 months ago have been made to look less than average in a number of fixtures this season in the Premiership East division.
Thankfully, December was the month that the club rightly decided to rid themselves of the coaching staff appointed in the summer and, until Greg Woods takes over in January, were able to use the services of ex Steelmen, Jason Strange and Ceri Jones.
The difference, in this the first match since the change, was tangible.
There was very much more of the Ebbw we know and love present here in this pre-Christmas fixture; spirit, energy, commitment, exemplified when the defence wasn't even breached despite being down to 12 men.
A detailed report can be read on the excellent Ebbw Vale RFC website.