Relegation fears are over for Ammanford
6:10am Wednesday 11th April 2012 in Sport
AMMANFORD, going into this match after beating Tata Steel away during the week but still mathematically in the relegation mix, faced a stern challenge in the shape of high-flying Penrhiwceiber.
The visitors got off to a dream start and took the lead after just two minutes when Owen James robbed a defender deep inside the box and slotted the ball beyond the advancing goalkeeper and into the far corner from an acute angle.
Ammanford continued to dominate as the half progressed and deservedly went 2-0 up from a corner when Nathan Jones powered home a header from close range.
On 37 minutes, Luke Fayres got the slightest of near-post touches to another corner to claim a comfortable cushion going into the interval.
As the second half progressed, the hosts threw caution to the wind and refused to buckle under despite Ammanford forcing them into some desperate defending, with Mathew Fisher, Owen Jones and Alex Thomas all creating problems with their pace.
But it was Ceiber who grabbed a goal when on 65 minutes, and it then took two great interceptions from Euros Griffiths and sterling work from Steffan Hughes to keep the hosts at bay.
Ammanford should have made the game safe when Thomas set up Fisher with a fine through ball but his shot fizzed agonisingly wide.
Ceiber claimed a late penalty to pull within a single goal on 83 minutes, but Ammanford were not to be denied the three points they richly deserved.
News of Betws’ 4-0 away defeat was enough to send Ammanford spikrits soaring as it confirmed they had escaped the dreaded drop zone.
Next Saturday they travel to Croesyceiliog looking for a repeat performance.