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Amman bounce back with win over New Dock Stars

AMMAN United bounced back from their local derby defeat against Llandybie to register a deserved victory over New Dock in an entertaining clash at Cwmamman Park on Saturday (Apr 2).

The visitors made a bright start, and some good attacking play forced a couple of early penalties; Adam Gealy sent the first wide, but made amends by slotting from similar range for a 3-0 lead.

Amman began to get a foothold and when awarded a penalty, kicked to touch, and, from the quick lineout, George Clarke’s pass put in number eight Tom Thorneycroft to race in for the opening try.

With their tails up, the Reds scored again soon after when a fine midfield break caught out the Stars’ defence, and Thorneycroft crossed for his second of the afternoon.

Amman’s pack has been putting in a shift all season,the front row of Daniel James, George Clarke and Tom Hopkin providing a solid platform, and James’ surge soon scattered the defence, creating the space before flanker Jac Isaac finished off the move with the try just before half time.

But there was still time for New Dock to reduce the growing arrears when in first half added time, Ryan Tovey went over the tryline for a well worked try, converted by Adam Gealy.

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Buoyed by their success, Dock seemed more confident and early in the second half, they stretched the Amman defence; Garen Davies’ neat crossfield kick to wide out was well taken by centre Adam Gealy who finished off the try; Gealy added the extras himself to close the gap in a ding-dong affair to 19-15 on the hour.

Amman centre Joel Foster was bright all day,and his incisive runs were causing problems; Alun Lewis’ riproaring runs also kept United on the front foot,and it was his run that yielded a penalty,which Joel Foster sent over.

Amman however then shot themselves in the foot,Tom Cadell’s wayward pass snapped up by the alert Garen Davies, who took full advantage, racing in unchallenged for an opportunist try; Gealy’s conversion to tie the scores came back off the post.

Amman rang the changes,Sean Caddell and Harley Davies on; they emptied the bench, adding Pontardawe permit-pair Steff Rees and Ben Evans to the fray, and another Foster mazy, jinking run almost brought more dividends, but the bonus point was soon to follow as from another solid scrum, Tom Thorneycroft picked up and crashed over for his hat trick try.

Foster added the conversion with ten minutes left, and the scoring was complete late on, the game put to bed, Foster again the catalyst as his fine break created the space and his pass put in Alun Lewis for another good try, Foster again converting to cement a convincing win in the end.

Amman travel to Cefneithin on Saturday, April 9, while New Dock entertain Furnace United.