31 December 2018 / Club News

Amman United 29/12/18

     LLANDYBIE   23     AMMAN UTD   17

Llandybie welcomed high flying Amman Utd in a local derby. The exchanges at times were not for the faint hearted with both teams flying into tackles. Amman took an early lead with a penalty for offside despatched by Steff Rees but Connor Thomas struck for Llandybie for the same offence. Llandybie moved the ball with winger Josh Cranfield joining the line to burst through the middle and instead of backing himself  to make the line threw a pass to the wing which went to ground. Amman yielded another penalty converted by Thomas to lead 6 – 3. Amman made good ground but Llandybie’s defence was sound.

The Llandybie scrum was again strong and James Tommason winning a lot of lineout ball Rhys Evans chipped over the defence but was held back. Amman were awarded another penalty kicked again by Rees and drove forward throwing the ball wide with good passing for Alun Lewis to score a try wide out. Llandybie put on the pressure with carries from Lyndon Davies and Eirian Williams but were turned over. Amman threw the ball wide but their centre knocked on. Llandybie picked up and Nathaniel Butler passed on to centre Keri Davies to outstrip the defence to score in the corner. Half time 11 – 11 anyone’s game.

Amman again on the attack but stripped by Butler who put Cranfield away down the leftgaining thirty metres but his inside pass was too high. The game was very open and entertaining for the good crowd watching. Llandybie on the attack through hands to winger Rhydian Jones to score in the corner. Amman’s Steff Rees kicked another penalty to bring them within two points.

Matthew Rees came on for Llandybie with Ethan Walters and Jordan Tommason with Rees driving forward backed up by Lyndon Davies with the ball put wide to Butler on the burst with his pace taking him through two tacklers to score under the posts with Connor Thomas adding the extras to lead  23 – 14.

The Amman were not finished and came on strong in the last quarter with the Llandybiedefence holding the ball up when Amman got over the line. They threw the ball across field and with numbers but the pass was forward and the chance gone. Steff Rees converted another penalty and the Amman came on strong till the end but the Llandybie defence was outstanding. A great game of rugby by both sides with Llandybie deserving the spoils with three tries to one. A brilliant defensive performance by the hosts. Next week Llandybie are away to Llandeilo.


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