Magpies lose unbeaten record as rivals battle back to victory
TUMBLE lost out 32-12 to a disciplined Amman United as two previously unbeaten sides clashed in division three west.
The Magpies raced into a 12-0 lead thanks to two tries from wing Nicky Allinson, one of which was converted by Steven Hewitt.
The hosts opened their account within two minutes when Allinson gathered a neat chip forward by James Owens and went over in the corner.
Tumble looked dangerous with the driving maul as lock Dan Owen carried well.
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A drive from No. 8 Derek Lewis created space and the ball went wide where Hewitt's impressive flick pass gave Allinson the chance to outpace the defence and score.
Wing Stuart Herbert helped create the opening Amman try.
He took a quick tap-and-go which enabled prop Shaun Mangan to dive over the whitewash.
Prop Thomas Davies then made the most of a hashed Tumble line-out, charging 30-metres downfield before passing inside to scrum-half Joel Foster, who scored the try.
Fly-half Rhys Thomas converted and then Amman suffered a setback as brothers Christian and Gavin Madge were both yellow-carded.
Thirteen-man Amman contained Tumble well and when back to their full complement, wing Gavin Madge made up for his earlier error by scoring Amman try number three.
Amman played downhill in the second half but could only score one more try, with former Carmarthen Athletic wing Ricky Jones registering his first for his new club.
Thomas converted and also thumped over three more penalties.
Next up for Amman are Newcastle Emlyn on Saturday.
Tumble were solid on their own scrum, with props Guest and Mike Rees working tirelessly.
But they struggled at the line-out as Amman, growing in confidence and ability, were the dominant force.
Flanker Mark Kinnaird and Rhys Lewis were stifled by some fierce tacking from their opponents.
When Tumble managed to inch their way into opposition territory, flying wing Allinson and centre Gareth Jones created problems.
Fellow centre Leighton McKenna probed the midfield and gaps appeared.
Scrum-half Chris Davies sniped and harried but it was a lacklustre Tumble that ended up losing out.
"Dean Williams twisted his ankle in the warm-up, so we had to make an unexpected reshuffle in our back division," said Amman United manager Ross Davies.
"After an early setback when we trailed 12-0, we settled down, played much better and took our scoring chances superbly."