Division Two West
Amman United 17 Maesteg Quins 8
AMMAN United completed their Division Two West campaign with a thundering victory against league leaders Quins to spoil their title party and give outgoing long-serving stalwart Karl Worsfold a fitting send-off in his retirement game. As the visiting coaches remarked afterwards, the home side wanted it more.
Amman made a rip-roaring start, the forwards getting stuck in immediately, winning quality ball as hooker Doug Jenkins crashed over for the opening try.
A large Maesteg contingent were cheered when the Quins converted an early penalty.
But Amman hit back when, from a scrum, it went wide, Rhys Williams’s mis-pass putting in centre Johnny Bevan for the try.
Sean Mangan, one of Amman’s players of the season, then created the opening with a barnstorming run but his final pass wasn’t taken.
Quins showed their grit, squeezing into the corner for a try on the stroke of half-time.
United, who lost hardworking flanker Andrew Lacey early in the second half, then went through the phases, and from the penalty to touch and resulting catch and drive, Worsfold put in Sean Mangan to dive over.
Retiring Amman legend Worsfold was then given massive applause for his countless years’ service to the club when replaced by Craig Radcliffe late on.
The leaders put the squeeze on and the home side were made to defend heroically against a constant barrage, centre Tristan Manning typifying their effort, bouncing off tacklers.
Quins went for a late penalty to try for the losing bonus point, but a kickable effort failed.
Amman attacked as the referee blew time on one of their best performances of the season.