12 November 2018 / Club News

Kenfig Hill Away

Kenfig Hill 33 Ammanford 39

Ammanford travelled to Kenfig Hill looking to get their league season back on track. Little did the supporters expect a game of 10 tries. Some were good skilful tries others poor defence.

The home team took an early 14-0 lead firstly through a well worked try and the second from an Ammanford attack that broke down, on the counter attack Kenfig Hill were rewarded with a penalty try from some 30m out though it did appear that there were at least four Ammanford players behind the ball. Steff Roberts was also yellow carded for the knock. The game then went through a period of confusion with Kenfig losing a prop to injury, his replacement yellow carded resulting in passive scrums which meant they had to remove a further player. Total confusion with many home supporters complaining to the referee’s assessor.

Taking advantage of the confusion the remainder of the half belonged to Ammanford. Full back Morgan Pryce drop kicked a penalty over, this was followed by a stolen line out inside the home defence which saw the ball moved nicely across the backs for wing Steff Howells to go over in the corner and a late catch and drive saw skipper Chris Morris go over. Steff Roberts back from the bin slotted the extra and the score at the half was 14-15.

The first 25 minutes of the second half seemed to be an after you Claude period with both teams failing to defend kick offs after scoring. Firstly from the ko Ammanford were charged down and from a scrum poor defence allowed the Kenfig Hill centre to jog over under the posts, 21-15. From the restart Kenfig failed to clear, Ammanford took advantage and from a scrum they moved the ball nicely for looping centre Ceri Morris to go over in the corner, an excellent kick by Roberts made it 21-22. Groundhog Day, Ammanford put a poor clearance into touch and from the line out the home blindside wing hit the line to put his partner over, 26-22. This time Kenfig put in the poor kick to touch and Ammanford took full advantage with the ball moved to midfield from the line out and poor home defence opened the door for Rees to trot across, 26-29.

Both sets of supporters feared kick offs and rightly so. From the next one Ammanford lost the ball and after a period of pressure Kenfig scored, 33-29. From the resulting re-start, replacement hooker Zac Phillips galloped after the kick off and pluck the ball out of the air, two passes and Howells was in for his second, 33-36.

After this table tennis period the game settled down to a tough final quarter with the only score coming from the boot of Roberts whose place kicking in a game like this was the difference between the two sides, 33-39.

This win was badly needed with Ammanford facing the top two teams in their next two games. The first one is Ystalyfera at home on Nov 24th.

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