10 October 2014 / Club News

Amman Utd v Newcastle Emlyn Programme Notes (11/10/2014)

The league table’s not looking very pretty for us at the moment, but neither does it reflect the effort that the boys have put in during their first four games.  Let’s not forget that we were hammering the current leaders Tenby with only ten minutes left on the clock, as we know they came back to snatch a draw.  They haven’t dropped points anywhere else yet this season. Admittedly Loughor wasn’t a good day, but we were also leading against Llangennech for a period, and as for Whitland, they would have been well and truly buried until some underhand tactics forced the game into passive scrums, effectively neutralising our most effective weapon against them on the night.

There’s still plenty of encouragement to take into today’s game against our closest rivals over the last few years, Newcastle Emlyn.  Our last game against each other was an absolute stunner played on that sunny evening in April, possibly one of the best games seen on the park for decades, made all the more sweeter that we eventually won it by 37 points to 30.  There were six Amman tries scored on the night from Alun, Adrian, Joel, Rhys Wiggs and Doug with his “Two Try Tuesday”.  Three of those came in the first twenty minutes when Emlyn were blown away but pick of that bunch was probably Rhys Wiggs 70m interception, a great try against the run of play as Emlyn at the time were on quite the comeback and kept fighting until the final whistle.

Our five games against each other over the last few years have brought us three wins and two defeats, our form, WWLLW.  One of those defeats was the solitary point in the cup final.  The Amman United scored 137 points in those games, Emlyn 114, giving an average score per game of Amman United 27 Newcastle Emlyn 23.  Clear evidence of the rugby that these two teams always play against each other, fast, open and exciting.  They are flying this season having won three of their first four games so another tough one for us here.

The Youth play at home today on Parc Golwg Yr Aman, also against Newcastle Emlyn, so I’m sure the Emlyn bus home can expect some stops on the way home (we wouldn’t recommend the Blue Oyster bar in Ammanford lads). Hopefully things will settle down our end now that wedding season is finally, (unless there is some shotgun wedding), the next on the list is Gavin and Hayley which thankfully happens during the summer months in 2015, much to the joy of Tony as it’s not during rugby season.  Good luck to all our boys today, seniors and youth.  #AMDANI

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