26 November 2017 / Club News

Tycroes youth

  Ammanford demonstrated great determination to come out on top in this typical local derby game against neighbours Tycroes , with a last minute try by wing Joseph Parkin securing the hard fought win.
          Ammanford started positively forcing the visitors to concede a number of early penalties before scrum -half Kieran Williams took advantage with a quick tap to find full-back Steffan Jones in support to dive over from short range for the opening try.
          Tycroes responded by using their bigger forwards to put the homesters under pressure through their superior set-piece play. However Tycroes were unable to penetrate the resolute home defence ,with Ammanfords centres Liam Gregory and Nick Morris in particular always dangerous on the counter - attack, which resulted in end to end play.
          Tycroes eventually got the breakthrough after half an hours play when after a series of strong scrums a chip ahead enabled wing Kieran Anderson to race through and collect for a converted try ,and a narrow 7-5 half-time lead.
           Tycroes continued to apply the pressure through their forwards at the start of the second half but unfortunately for them a loose pass following an attacking scrum was intercepted by outside-half Dan Slattery who sprinted clear from deep inside his own half to score, and also convert his try to regain the lead.
            In a game of few clear cut chances the visitors eventually put the home line under intense pressure through a series of powerful forward drives resulting in some desperate defence. Tycroes were rewarded when a quickly taken 5 metre penalty resulted in prop Alex Speed crashing over for what looked like the winning score with only a couple of minutes remaining. However Dan Slattery showed great determination in charging down the conversion in front of the posts to keep the scores level at 12-12.
             Ammanford demonstrated great character with their immediate response which resulted in a poor clearance kick out of defence which was picked up by wing Jack Williams inside his own half. A strong run by Williams was continued by second-row Callan Davies ,with wing -forwards Oliver Jenkins and Rhys Roberts quickly in support to secure possession at the breakdown enabling the ball to be spread wide to wing Joseph Parkin. Parkin who had been starved of possession throughout demonstrated his power and pace to brush past a number of defenders on his 40 metre run to the line to score the winning try, with Slatterys conversion proving to be the last kick of the game.

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