National League 3B West

Cefneithin – 6

Amman United – 13

Amman United maintained their unbeaten start to the season, claiming their third consecutive win after a scrappy affair on a cold and wet, miserable day at Cae Carwyn James. Cefneithin nicked a second losing bonus point, but still await a first victory.

A difficult, greasy surface brought numerous handling errors as both sides struggled in the slippery conditions.

The first score went the way of Amman after ten minutes.

Poor Cefn tackling allowed hooker, Doug Jenkins, to slide through the defence and go in under the posts, with centre Steff Rees adding the extras.

Rees' confident place kicking contrasted with his opposite number as Cefn's Richard Watts struggled somewhat, kicking a brace of penalties but also missing with a number of very kickable others.

The home side eventually got a foothold thanks to the work of Will Houlbrook, Sion Peregrine and Dion Thomas, who showed some attacking intent along with skipper Rhys Dickie.

However, the hosts were reduced to 14 after full back Jono Owen’s yellow card.

Rees kicked the penalty to make it 10-0, before Watts kicked his pair of penalties, rewarding Cefneithin for their territorial pressure and brining the score back to 10-6.

They continued to push forward but were unable to crack a stubborn Amman defence, who have leaked just one try in their opening three games.

The visitors held their advantage to half time and began the second period 10-6 ahead.

The second half became very tight with conditions deteriorating markedly.

With handling proving tricky, both sides tried to use the kicking game to stretch the game and find the corners.

Amman full back Ceri Jones counter-attacked with good intent to keep his side on the front foot, and centre Steff Davies, with some good hard-hitting runs, also stood out.

Steff Rees gave the visitors some breathing space, kicking a penalty with ten minutes left, and with the game petering out, Gavin Lewis' late chip almost put Ceri Jones in, but he was just denied the slide to the ball by a Cefn hand.

Amman held on to the 13-6 win, maintaining their 100 per cent record as they prepare to welcome Penybanc for a local derby at Cwmamman Park on Saturday.

Meanwhile Cefneithin will travel to Llandeilo looking for their first win of the season.