With manager Paul Marshall, assistant Mark Smitheringdale and coach Mike Reynolds all on holiday, Sam Denton was in the hot seat as player-manager, with Toby Wells his assistant. Liam Woods moved to centre-back to replace Denton who named himself as a substitute. With a number of other players away or unavailable there were further changes to the starting lineup with some new signings going straight into the first eleven, and other newish names making their first starts. Midfielder and former captain Jack Lazenby has made the move back to Garforth from Pontefract Collieries and there was a new face in former Tadcaster Albion and Hall Road Rangers midfielder Fraser Hansen. Both went into the first eleven; Lazenby filling in for Woods, and Hansen for Daniel Omosebi who suffered a knock during the warm-up. Finally, Luis da Silva and Matt Antcliff both made their first starts for the club, replacing Lee Turner and Nick Thompson.
Both teams did well to put on an entertaining game despite the 30 degree heat, with water breaks provided in the middle of each half. The Miners started the better with Antcliff putting a low shot just wide after good play down the right. Burgess went closer when he forced a save from Ammas 'keeper Fabio Intumbo after forcing his way into the box, then Charlie Marshall headed past the far post Antcliff's delivery.
There were a couple of chances for the visitors who looked useful down the flanks, Wilfred Frimpong found the side netting with a low shot after a jinking run in from the left, before Ben Quartey fired over the bar after another Ammers attack down the left. After Burgess' turn and shot went just over the bar, and captain Dan Coupland hit wide after making a run through the middle, it was starting to look another one of those days for Town in front of goal. Some quality was needed and midfielder Antcliff was the man to provide it, making a superb run from his own half and finishing low across Intumbo to give us the lead and grab his first goal for the club in style.
Burgess smashed over the bar after a poor clearance from Frimpong, but he didn't have to wait long to get off the mark for this season. The ball was worked in from the left and Lazenby supplied 'Burg' to finish low into the net and make it 2-0.
The visitors should've got one back just before the break when a mistake at the back let in captain Alfie Wilkinson, but with perhaps too much time to pick his spot, blazed over the bar.
Into the second half and there was a good chance for an unmarked Coupland when he received the ball in the box from Liam Woods, but skewed wide when appearing to be losing his footing. There followed a brief spell for Ammas which saw them get a goal back. Frimpong's dipping effort found the roof of the net from an attack down the left flank, but he found the net soon after when his deflected strike found the far corner.
A dramatic comeback wasn't to feature in this 'EL-Classico' however, and Town restored their two-goal cushion six minutes from time when Burgess held the ball up on the right and found substitute Nick Hutton on the edge of the box who's deflected strike found the bottom corner of the net. Another player to open his account for the club.
Substitute and ex-Garforth striker Jasiah Donaldson almost reduced the arrears once more when played in by Wilkinson late on, but his strike was over the bar and The Miners went on to celebrate their first win of the season.
Paul Marshall's side are on their travels on Wednesday when we visit Winterton Rangers (kick-off 7:45pm).