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Battling Bynea make Amman work for win

NOT the most surprising of results in the end, as the bottom of the table hosts, without a win all season, welcomed the unbeaten league

But this was far from plain sailing as battling Bynea made Amman work hard for their victory. The home side’s enthusiastic, but very young side, made a very bright start, threatening the United tryline in the early skirmishes.

But, from the opening scrum, when Amman pushed Bynea back at will, the pattern for the day was cast and that was the ultimate difference.

From a 10th minute penalty to touch, lively forward Rhydian Jones won lineout ball, and skipper Alun Lewis took the pass to power over the line.

Another rock- solid scrum then gave scum half Alex Williams the chance to snipe over from the base for a try which outside half Iestyn Griffiths converted.

Rhydian Jones was superb for Amman, winning lineout ball and making some marauding runs; Tom Thorneycroft, Cian Lewis and George Clarke were also bright in the Amman pack, while Rhys Howells was the pick of the backs at wing, with Tom Caddell switching to full back.

More lineout ball won by James paved the way for Alun Lewis to go over for his second try before half time, Griffiths converting for a 19-0 interval lead.

The United domination largely continued after the break, George Clark just held up on the tryline after Alex Williams’ good work, but
in the next phase, the ball went wide, and wing Rhys Howells finished off well for the bonus point try.

Amman emptied the bench midway through the half, Jason Richards and Harley Davies on, along with the returning Chris Rees
on his comeback. Centre Tai Cousins soon joined his departed team mates through an injury.

Tom Thorneycroft was the latest to be held up on the Bynea tryline as the all out assault continued. But the dam broke once again when Rhys Howells’ persistence paid off, bouncing off several defenders before offloading to hooker George Clark who grabbed a well-deserved try, again converted by young outside half Griffiths.

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The Bulldogs certainly lived up to their name, to their eternal credit, the youngsters battling away and even creating some very promising openings late on, for no reward however.

Liam Danter combined with Alex Williams late on to almost give Chris Rees a fairytale comeback try, but it was not to be.

Amman now take a break for the Six Nations, their next scheduled league fixture at home against Tumble on February 18.