ON a rainy evening (Oct 4) at the Recreation Ground, another bumper crowd in excess of 400 watched Ammanford grind out a result against their tough opponents Goytre United.
The win means that Ammanford have now won their last six games.
The incessant rain did not affect the playing surface at the Rec and it stood up well to the elements.
Before kick off a minutes silence was held in memory of Kyle Griffiths who sadly passed away last week.
The game got underway with Ammanford making the early running. Half chances fell to Ammanford’s Richie Lewis, Craig Frater and Andy Robinson but it was Goytre United who capitalised in the 22nd minute of the game when a cross played across the Ammanford penalty area was turned in his own goal by centre back Nich Arnold to give Goytre the lead, 0-1.
Goytre were gaining confidence as the game went on and Goytre’s winger Aidan Smith was testing Ammanford’s defence whilst former Ammanford player Alfie Stottor was finding space in midfield to launch attacks.
As the half ended, it was the opponents manager Lee John that would have taken heart from his team’s first half performance.
With a few minutes gone in the second half Ammanford’s influential midfielder Andy Robinson had to come off through injury and be replaced by Ben Soal.
Ammanford gradually increased the tempo of their game and their reward came in the 57th minute when striker Craig Frater received a defence splitting pass from Mathew Fisher. Frater took the ball on and beat his marker to fire the ball into the roof of the Goytre net giving Goytre’s Goalkeeper Luke Probert no chance of saving it such was the power of the strike, 1-1.
Ammanford made further substitutions with Tristan Jenkins and Bruno Forkouh coming on for Brett Enoch and goalscorer Craig Frater.
The game looked for all the world as though it was heading for a draw with Goytre still proving a threat coming forward.
However the game changed in the 83rd minute when Ammanford were awarded a penalty when striker Gavin Jones was brought down by Goytre midfielder Adam Jenkins when he was clean through on goal.
The referee brandished his red card to Goytre’s Jenkins.
Up stepped Ammanford’s Mathew Fisher and placed his spot kick into the bottom corner of the Goytre net sending the keeper in the opposite direction, 2-1.
The ten men of Goytre tried to raise their game to try and get something from it but Ammanford had the numerical advantage and were determined to hold on for the win.
The final whistle blew and another battling performance from the home team secured another valuable three points.
Ammanford take on the Reds of Llanelli Town on Friday (Oct 11) in what will be another tough encounter and will hope to keep their winning run going.