WRU Division 3B West

Amman United - 39

Cefneithin - 0

Following a couple of recent defeats, Amman United bounced back to winning ways with victory over Cefneithin, to complete the double over the Gwendraeth Valley side.

Amman, to their credit were quick out of the blocks, and latecomers would have missed a well-worked early try as an excellent counter attack in the opening minute carved out the space for backrow man Alun Lewis to exploit and power over.

Outside half Steff Rees added the conversion for a perfect start.

The visitors came back into it and made some good yardage before Amman were able to repel the danger; Cefn did force two first half penalties, but Richard Watts failed to hit the target on both occasions.

After the visitors were unluckily reduced by a man with a yellow card to wing Matthew Green, United took full advantage and went further ahead when a neat crossfield kick from Steff Rees gave the chance for wing Jack Evans to race onto the ball and score in the corner.

It got better for the home side on 25 minutes when some more brilliant ballcarrying from skipper Sean Mangan sucked the defence in, Amman switched play, and it was swept wide for Evans to grab his second of the match.

Amman were now well on top, with Callum Davies and Alun Lewis in the thick of the action, and they had sewn up the bonus point before the interval when full back Ceri Jones sidestepped beautifully in for a very nice score. Rees’ conversion as the referee blew for halftime gave his side a commanding 26-0 advantage.

Perhaps inevitably, with the job seemingly done, Amman lacked the same intensity in the second half, and the visitors were able to earn more territory and possession, only for the home brick wall to constantly thwart their admirable attacking efforts.

Rees’ speculative drop goal kept the scoreboard ticking over, and Cefneithin then almost grabbed an interception try, but wing Matthew Green, seeing a length of the field try in front of him, was hauled back by the referee for an earlier offence.

The only try of the second half was totally manufactured by Amman centre Steff Davies, who battered his way through, bouncing off numerous attempted tackles before offloading to put in wing Liam Danter for a cracking corner try.

A late Amman yellow card gave the plucky visitors some added momentum, and they finished strongly, only for the red wall defence to stubbornly keep the gate shut at the back.

Victory leaves Amman United second in the table, ten points behind pace setters Nantgaredig and two points ahead of chasers Trimsaran who have played a game fewer than both the sides ahead of them.

Amman’s next fixture is away at local rivals Penybanc on Saturday.