WRU Division 1 West Central

Ammanford – 8

Skewen – 23

AFTER scoring the first try of the game in the opening five minutes Ammanford endured a torrid afternoon as they slipped to defeat at home to Skewen.

The visitors dominated much of the territory and possession of the game, but it was Ammanford who took the lead in the game.

Making the most of a Skewen mistake, a loose ball was picked up by prop Rhodri Jones, who powered towards the line before playing a well-timed pass to supporting hooker, Zac Phillips who crossed for the try.

The conversion was missed, but Ammanford held on to the lead going into the half time break.

The only other score of an uneventful first period going the way of Skewen courtesy of a penalty.

A second penalty for the visitors soon after the restart put them ahead for the first time, 6-5.

Ammanford struggled to get a hold of the ball in the second half, and when they did, showed little in the way of attacking threat.

Skewen on the other hand, had a cutting edge to their play that was lacking in the first half, and showed it as they ran in the first of their tries.

They attacked on the blind side from a scrum and opened up the defence with ease to go over and extend their lead.

Ammanford looked to be more positive in response, and were rewarded with a penalty, which was kicked to bring the deficit back to 13-8.

Hopes of a comeback were dashed soon after however.

A lineout, five metres out from the Ammanford line, saw the Skewen forwards drive over for their second try of the game.

With their tails up the visiting backs opened up from 70m out and a fine midfield break saw them go over for the final score of the game, making it 23-8.

Ammanford’s next game sees them welcome Pill Harriers for their second-round match in the WRU Bowl.