Amman return to winning ways with six-try haul

South Wales Guardian: WINNING FEELING: Doug Jenkins shone as Amman United returned to winning ways with a victory over Maesteg. WINNING FEELING: Doug Jenkins shone as Amman United returned to winning ways with a victory over Maesteg.

Division Two West

Amman United 42 Maesteg 22

Amman United earned a much-needed confidence–boosting victory over visiting Maesteg to end a run of disappointing defeats.

Amman stepped up their performance, controlling possession and maintaining good ball-retention, as Sean Mangan, Chris Rees and Doug Jenkins shone in the marauding home pack.

However, it was Maesteg who started on the front foot as their sharp backs claimed a very early converted try under the posts before Amman full-back Adrian Thomas retaliated with a penalty to get the hosts on the board.

A penalty to the visitors made it 10-3, but then United began to take control, despite playing up the slope.

Adrian Thomas and Rhys Thomas pegged the visitors back while wings Gavin Lewis and Rhys Williams gave the home side a twin threat on the flanks.

From a tapped-penalty, lively scrum-half Joel Foster ghosted in for a corner try.

Amman then took full advantage of a sin-binning for the visitors, when from a close-in scrum, a great forward shove gave the referee no option but to award the penalty try.

Amman dominated the second half as well, and the excellent Foster went over for his second try after some slick handling from Rees and Jenkins.

With the visitors on the rack, winger-turned-centre Johnny Bevan added a score before hardworking hooker Jenkins was rewarded with a touchdown.

Openside flanker Alun Lewis crossed for Amman’s sixth to cap an excellent all round team performance.

Amman could leapfrog up to sixth-place in the table if they can secure another victory when they host Newcastle Emlyn on Tuesday night.

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