TRIP DOWN MEM­ORY LANE FOR RI­VALS OF PAST FI­NAL

Llanelli Star - - Local Rugby -

THE draw for the fourth round of the WRU Na­tional Plate has thrown up a re­peat of the 2011 fi­nal, with Am­man­ford drawn at home to One West Cen­tral ri­vals Glyn­neath.

The tie will bring back me­mories of Am­man­ford’s 35-13 tri­umph over Glyn­neath at the Millennium Sta­dium and the two sides will lock horns again on Jan­uary 12 for a place in the quar­ter-fi­nals of this season’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Am­man­ford may have had a mixed time of it in the league this term but they have en­joyed two big wins in the Plate, 52-17 at 2015 WRU Na­tional Bowl win­ners Ystradg­yn­lais in the first round be­fore putting 40 points on Pill Har­ri­ers in round two.

They had a bye through to the third round, as did Glyn­neath, who de­feated Nan­ty­moel 59-5 be­fore edg­ing a close bat­tle 11-9 at One West lead­ers Felin­foel in round two.

Glyn­neath, who are top of One West Cen­tral, boast a 100 per cent win­ning record this season hav­ing won all nine of their league matches.

De­spite that su­perb record, they cer­tainly won’t be tak­ing the chal­lenge of Am­man­ford lightly as they are prob­a­bly bet­ter than their eighth place sug­gests.

“We’re play­ing some de­cent rugby,” said Am­man­ford sec­re­tary Jeff Price.

“We’ve got a young side who are bat­tling in all the games but are just a lit­tle bit in­con­sis­tent at times and there’s maybe a lack of con­cen­tra­tion here and there, but what we’re hop­ing for is a strong end to the season.”

Am­man­ford were not in ac­tion at the week­end but are now look­ing for­ward Pan­tyffyn­non scrum-half Lee Grif­fiths feeds the ball out. to a lo­cal derby against Bry­na­man on De­cem­ber 29 when they will be look­ing to add to league wins over Tondu, Ken­fig Hill and Maesteg Celtic so far.

“There were one or two games where we could have had re­sults and that could have gone either way but oth­er­wise it’s a fair pic­ture of where we are at this stage of the season,” added Price.

“We were ex­tremely un­lucky in the Ystalyfera game at home, which we lost (26-19), and they are sec­ond in the league, and I’d say Tondu at home was prob­a­bly our best win (46-20). That was the most pleas­ing one.

“We’ve got a big home derby to look for­ward to on the 29th and then we’re go­ing into fix­tures against, po­ten­tially, teams down the bot­tom with us, so Jan­uary is go­ing to be the big part of the season.

“We’ve had a good run in the cup so far and at home we are a dif­fer­ent prospect than away.

“So I think we’ll cer­tainly give Glyn­neath a game and I think it’s fair to say they won’t take us for granted.”

Price picked out back-rower Tom Davies and util­ity back Ceri Rees for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions on the field so far this season.

Things are cer­tainly go­ing well at Am­man­ford from a play­ing per­spec­tive.

Back on De­cem­ber 8 the club man­aged to field three se­nior sides and won all three games. The firsts beat Maesteg Celtic, while the sec­onds saw off Cardiff Met and the thirds Maesteg Celtic’s 2nd XV.

Price added: “That’s a big plus con­sid­er­ing what’s go­ing on in other clubs in the area at the mo­ment.

“To win all three games was fan­tas­tic, and ob­vi­ously we’ve got youth com­ing through as well so it’s a case of keep­ing it go­ing on that front.”

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