Amman upset as travel bug strikes again

South Wales Guardian: HOME COMFORTS: Amman United suffered their fifth away defeat of the season. HOME COMFORTS: Amman United suffered their fifth away defeat of the season.

Division Two West

Maesteg 21 Amman United 12

Amman United’s travel sickness struck again with a fifth defeat on the road.

Remarkably, Amman’s impressive home form means they remain third in the Division Two West table.

Maesteg shaded the early encounters of a scrappy affair and went ahead courtesy of a penalty.

Amman improved as the half wore on, and claimed the opening try when the hosts fluffed a lineout and Amman stole the spilt ball as flanker Alun Lewis gathered, beat the defender and raced in near the posts. Outside half Adrian Thomas added the conversion.

But a series of missed penalties were to cost Amman dear despite their 12-6 interval lead.

The visitors were disappointed not to have built on their first half showing, and Maesteg, who like Amman have been strong at home but are without an away win, rallied.

Amman, who made a few changes in a bid to stifle the home side’s momentum, conceded a couple of second half scores and were unable to add to their tally as the hosts shut them out.

For the visitors, there were good performances from Stuart Davies in the front eight, and behind the scrum, full-back Joel Foster and scrum half Ryan Williams worked well. Sean Mangan was his consistent best in the Amman pack throughout.

Amman will be in cup action on Saturday when they entertain Penclawdd at Cwmamman Park in the Swalec Plate (KO 2.30pm).

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