Ammanford secured a hard earned 1-0 win over Dinas Powys at the Recreational Ground on Saturday, thanks to a goal from Rhys Fisher, in a win that sees the Carmarthenshire outfit rise to second place in Welsh League Division Two.
A first half free kick flicked home by the Ammanford left back was enough to secure all three points, although a missed penalty by the usually prolific Craig Frater would have made the game far more comfortable for the hosts.
Dinas Powys had the first opportunity of the match, but from a cross they headed wide just a minute into the game.
The next real opportunity fell to the home side however, when Euros Griffiths sent a free kick into the area. Nich Arnold headed the ball centrally for Fisher to flick home before wheeling away in celebration as he opened the
scoring after 15 minutes.
In a scrappy game with limited real goalscoring chances, Frater curled a free kick from range wide.
Powys were handed a golden opportunity to find a way back into the match when Griffiths failed to clear his lines halfway through the first half, and his late backpass left debutant keeper Ioan Treharne with no option but to collect, resulting in a free kick in the box from eight yards out. However, the visitors’ effort was denied by the Ammanford wall.
After the interval, the game remained a midfield battle with neither side taking a stranglehold, however an Ammanford penalty on 53 minutes provided them the opportunity to create some breathing space. But, Frater, who missed his previous effort from 12 yards, saw his strike saved well by the keeper diving to his right.
The striker almost made amends for his miss on 70 minutes, when from an acute angle on the left flank, he saw his powerful free kick strike the post with venom, but eventually cleared. Alex Arnold then saw his effort from yards out denied by a Powys defender.
In the final 15 minutes, the away side piled the pressure on the hosts.
Treharne came off his line to flap at a cross, leaving the visitors with a great chance to equalise but the 16 year old’s rapid reactions saw him narrow the angle by spreading his body and thus denied the goal with a fantastic save.
And in the dying embers of the game, Treharne safeguarded all three points for his side when Dinas broke forward and their forward line cut inside and half volleyed towards goal, and with the ball curling away from the keeper, the youngster made an outstanding dive to tip the fierce shot round the post.