04 May 2019 / Club News

Ystalyfera Away

Ystalyfera 33 Ammanford 32

Travelling to Div West Central Champions Ystalyfera for their last game of the season last Thursday was a major challenge for mid table Ammanford. However, they started on fire within a few minutes of kick off a flowing move from inside their own half found hooker Chris Morris out wide, he proceeded to bounce off two defenders before passing back inside for scrum half, Alex Davies, to go over. Steff Roberts added the extras, 0 - 7.

Ammanford stayed positive and soon added a penalty by Roberts, 0 - 10. Although struggling in the scrum in open play the visitors always looked dangerous and from an attacking line out the ball was eventually moved wide and allowed centre Carwyn Morris to throw a silky miss pass that sent wing Jack Westcott over in the corner 0-15.

Fera are champions for a reason and as the half progressed their power play came to the fore, firstly driving over from close and then from an attacking scrum another big effort saw them score and reduce Ammanford’s lead to 12 -15 at the half.

The home team started the second half well but to all of the Ammanford supporter’s amazement outside half Ryan Williams used his upper body strength to rip the ball off the home winger and gallop the 50m to score. Roberts did his bit and the lead was back to 10 points.

Fera’s pack brought the home team back into the game with their forceful carries and the lead was soon reduced 19 - 22. With the referee now seeing fault with every scrum soon reduced the visiting pack to six men with two yellow cards followed by a penalty try. This put Fera in the lead for the first time, 26-22.

Ammanfords 13 players worked hard and soon won a penalty, 26-25. With the team back to 15 Ammanford came back on to the attack and from a rare scrum penalty on the home 22 scrum half Davies took a quick tap penalty to go over for his second try with Roberts added the extra 26 - 32. With time running out Fera came hard at Ammanford to save their unbeaten home record and with the last play of the game they drove a lineout over to score. The conversion would decide the game and with the ball travelling directly over the upright all eyes were on the touch judge who to the dismay of the travelling supporters raised his flag in the air and the game was lost by the solitary point, 33 - 32.

With second’s and youth players in the team the squad is looking to develop for next season. Presentation night will be held on Friday June 7th.

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