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Amman United maintain unbeaten record

AMMAN United preserved the only unbeaten record in Division 3 West B, to go five points clear at the top of the table with this convincing win over New Dock Stars at Cwmamman Park.

Amman started slowly ,with flanker Luke Rowlands and centre Luke Morris impressing early on for the visitors.

The Reds settled, Dan Jones winning some good lineout ball,and brothers Tai and Iago Cousins with some driving runs, the latter just denied after a double movement near the try line.

Stars soon lost a man via a yellow card,and from the resulting penalty,outside half Iestyn Griffiths slotted the opening penalty.

New Dock then scored a try out of the blue, Amman in a real tangle at the back, allowing wing Adam Gealy to pounce and touch down in the corner.

Minutes later, wing Daf Daniels made up for his conversion miss by sending over a cracking long range penalty in off the post.

On the half hour, United regained the lead as centre Jason Cousins drew his man to put in fellow centre Tai Cousins for the try.

New Dock’s momentum was halted just before half time when Amman captain Alun Lewis put in a typical crunching tackle, and a second Griffiths penalty success in injury time made it 13-8 at half time.

Iestyn Griffiths’ neat chip over the defence to the corner, followed up by centres Richards and Cousins, put in full back Rhys Howells for the opening try of the second half.

Tai Cousins then blotted his copybook,yellow-carded for foul play, while Stars also then lost a man as full back Iestyn Bunyan limped off with a knee-injury.

Amman then refreshed the front -row,Rhys Phillips and Cian Lewis having done a great job,as Harley Davies and Daniel James came on.

And the home side’s dominant scrummaging again paid dividends as from a close-in scrum, Joel Foster sniped over for their third try, Griffiths again converting.

With 12 minutes to go, newly-arrived sub Daniel James with one of his first touches burst through the away defence to notch a real collectors’ item for the prop, a fine try to bring up the bonus point.

Another Amman replacement saw Tom Caddell come on at full-back, Rhys Howells switching to the wing; they were now dominating,another excellent Alun Lewis barnstorming run punching holes in the defence, and wing Liam Danter was on his shoulder to take the try-scoring pass.

The visitors refused to throw in the towel,and were rewarded from a fine counter attack as impressive centre Luke Morris went over for a well-deserved try. Dafydd Daniels added the conversion.

But the league-leaders had the final word, warming the home crowd up on a bitterly-cold afternoon with an injury-time try, the impressive scrum again rock solid, skipper Alun Lewis picking up from the base to stride over, Griffiths’ conversion completing the job as the referee blew for time.

Amman make the short journey to play local rivals Betws on Saturday (Dec 10), while New Dock Stars entertain Llandybie, who themselves earned their first win of the season with a 13-12 victory over Llangadog last weekend.