All good things come to those who wait and in a difficult season, Amman United claimed their first league win of the campaign in WRU Division 2 West as they overcame Carmarthen Athletic on a miserable rainy Friday night at Cwmamman Park in this rescheduled fixture.

Despite ten straight defeats, Amman were up for it from the first whistle in drab conditions under the Cwmamman Park lights and were boosted by the arrival of a couple of permit players as Alex Williams returned at scrum half, Steff Davies at centre and Tom Caddell at outside half.

United started well, the ever-industrious Rhydian Jones with some excellent early carries; Amman went through the phases and after drawing the Athletic defence in narrow, back row man Alun Lewis crashed over for the opening try inside five minutes. Tom Caddell added the conversion to give the Reds a dream start.

Athletic reduced the arrears after ten minutes when Scott Maynard kicked a penalty to make it 7-3, but shortly after sent another similar attempt wide. The first half was rather attritional due to the heavy conditions, but the Amman pack were holding their own. Rhys Phillips, George Clarke, Cian Lewis and Daniel James solid in the front row, while Lewis, Dan Jones, Tom Thorneycroft and Rhydian Jones were putting in a solid shift in the mud.

Wing Liam Danter's scything run almost created another chance before half time, but his pass to fellow wing Rhys Howells didn't go to hand.

The second half proved just as attritional, in worsening conditions, and opportunities were few and far between to score as play became concentrated in midfield for large periods. Athletic for their part were proving to have no cutting edge despite promising territory and possession against the bottom of the table side, who got stronger as the game wore on. Alun Lewis unlucky not to go over for a corner try as the desperate last gasp defence came to the rescue.

But Amman increased their lead after 65 minutes and grabbed a deserved second try when a neat chip over the top of the defence gave wing Rhys Howells the chance to follow up and get the score. A deserved first victory for the Reds who were just the better side on the night.

Final score: Amman United 12 – 3 Carmarthen Athletic.

This was the first of three consecutive home fixtures for Amman, who next play host to Mumbles this Saturday at Cwmamman Park, at the earlier kick off time of 1pm due to the England versus Wales international following at 4.45pm.