Yatton continue to fight relegation

PUBLISHED: 10:59 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 11 April 2018

Matt Gooding.

Matt Gooding.


Yatton picked up maximum points against Chosen Hill in their fight against relegation.

Yatton 36 pts

Chosen Hill 19 pts

With three games left to play, Yatton’s fight to avoid relegation continued against an opponent on a roll, having won their previous four matches in the league.

Inspired by their narrow one-point defeat to high-flying Chew Valley the previous week, Yatton knew that nothing less than the maximum five points available would suffice. They did not disappoint, much to the appreciation of the vociferous home support.

Chosen Hill kicked off and Yatton’s first touch of the ball gave an earlier indication of their intention to win and maintain possession and then attack the opposition with the ball in hand at every opportunity.

Following an early exchange of penalties on halfway, it was an opportunist break, created by the ever improving scrum-half Lloyd Richardson, whose offload to Chris Edwards enabled him to score with a fine try.

Chosen Hill responded by running in a converted try, giving Chosen Hill a narrow two point lead. Yatton came back and after good work by Mitch Want and Ben Bowyer and Richardson, Dan Williams crossed the line.

An error from the Chosen Hill full-back allowed Mitch Want to gather the ball and carve a path through the Chosen Hill defence, scoring a fine try, with Jack Edwards bisected the posts to lead 17-7.

Chosen Hill pulled a try back after Tom McMaster was yellow carded, making the score 17-12 at the break.

Yatton scored the first points of the second half after fine play by Want, Tom McMaster, James Grimes, Tom Moore and Richardson, allowing Want to touch down between the sticks, duly converted by Jack Edwards.

Once again, Yatton’s defence was caught unawares as strong running saw Chosen Hill respond with what was to be their final score of the afternoon.

The front five of Conroy, McMaster and Grimes, Wakefield and Miles fully played their part as did the back row, of Gooding, Ryder Smith and Williams, but it was the combination half-backs Richardson and Want who carried the day for Yatton.

With two tries to his name, Want left the field injured just before the final whistle, but it was his half-back partner Richardson, who also scored two tries, that applied the coup de grace to Chosen Hill with a fine individual try. Jack Edwards bisected the posts.

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