Valley get chewed up at The Park

PUBLISHED: 11:31 29 November 2017

Nick Wakefield.

Nick Wakefield.

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Yatton gave their best performance of the season so far at home to Chew Valley.

Yatton 24 pts

Chew Valley 14 pts

This will probably go down as Yatton’s best performance so far this season, taking into account a number of players playing out of position, players not available and the quality of opposition.

The win was based on a solid set-piece where Nick Wakefield and Ed Ryder-Smith provided an abundance of possession to release Yatton’s back division and at scrum time, the front-row of Ollie Hardridge, John Mackay and James Grimes put in a huge effort.

To go with the set-piece was the massive defensive effort put in - this was led by skipper Matt Gooding who, along with the back-row of Charlie Wemyss, Tom McMaster and Ryder-Smith, constantly won the battle on the gain line.

Physio Nick Garnham, pressed into action gave a masterclass at scrum-half, while wingers Tom Moore and Chris Edwards proved a constant threat in attack.

With the physical edge provided by Mitch Want and Ben Bowyer, and the assured displays by Liam Chambers and Jack Edwards this was indeed an all-round team effort.

Yatton went 7-0 up inside five minutes after a McMaster carry smashed a hole in the Chew defence, full-back Chambers came into the line to cleverly slip the ball to Chris Edwards to fly in under the posts, Jack Edwards adding the easy conversation.

Chew soon responded and after a series of penalty kicks to the corner they came up with seven-pointer from a catch and drive.

Yatton hit back when Chambers found Moore who left a string of defenders grabbing thin air to go in under the posts, Edwards again adding the extras. It soon became 21-10 when Chris Edwards from 70 metres out, waltzed around the covering defence to score.

With a decent lead at half-time, Chew came out and tested Yatton’s defence into the second half. After soaking up the pressure, Yatton worked their way into Chew’s 22 and after strong carries from Wakefield, Gooding and McMaster they won a penalty which Moore slotted over from 20 metres out.

Chew kept plugging away and came up with a seven-pointer to close the gap to 24-14. With time running out Chew were reduced to 14 with a player in the bin which allowed Yatton to see out the game.

On Saturday, Yatton face a tough trip to Chosen Hill, where a similar performance will be required.

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