Yatton earn two precious points in fight against relegation

PUBLISHED: 11:03 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:03 28 March 2018

Chris Edwards.

Chris Edwards.

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Yatton earned two precious points in their fight against relegation, despite losing at Chew Valley

Chew Valley 21 pts

Yatton 20 pts

Yatton came away with two precious points to show for their efforts in a narrow defeat at cChew Valley, but still leaves them in a precarious position at the wrong end of the table.

Nothing less than three bonus point wins in the final games of the season will do to help retain their Western Counties North status.

Out scoring their hosts four tries to three, Yatton constantly took the game to Chew, with captain Matt Gooding leading from the front, ably supported by Dan Williams and Tom McMaster.

The line-out was a constant source of ball through the efforts of Matt Miles, Nick Wakefield and Gooding, with the accuracy of McMaster’s throwing in key.

In the backs, Ben Bowyer and Chris Edwards asked questions of the Chew defence, and Nick Adams let nothing past him. But the stand-out performer was fly-half Mitch Want who opened up Chew time and again.

It was Want who waltzed through from 25 metres out to open the scoring. Chew, after a series of pick and goes hit back and took a 7-5 lead. This did not last long as after more impressive line-out work from Miles, the ball was moved through the hands with Liam Chambers delivering the scoring pass to Bowyer.

With a penalty count mounting,Chew were able to build pressure and just on half-time went over for their second converted try.

The second half started in much the same way with Yatton conceding penalties which again enabled Chew to mount another successful attack to take the score to 21-10.

With a series of penalty scrums on the Chew line, a penalty try seemed not far away, but the referee showed some leniency towards the home defence and Chew cleared their lines.

But back came Yatton through Gooding, Grimes and McMaster and it was Wakefield who emerged from a pile of bodies to claim Yatton’s third try.

With time running out, Yatton moved the ball wide for replacement winger Jonathan Smith to squeeze over in the corner. With the conversation missed the final whistle went and gutsy Yatton fell just short.

There is no game on Saturday, but Chosen Hill come to the Park on April 7.

Wincanton 1st XV 20 pts

Yatton 3rd XV 19 pts

The last away trip of the season saw spirits high with the anticipation of a close game.

This was exactly what took place. Wincanton started the better side and scored first, before Yatton woke up. Thereafter, an exciting end-to-end game took place with the scoreboard alternating throughout.

Great defence work was also the order of the day with man of the match Dave Hepworth again leading the way .With five minutes to go, Yatton only had to retain their lead, but Wincanton barged their way over for a well-worked try, which proved to be the winner.

Yatton try scorers were Sam Gilbody and Stu Brain (2), who also slotted two conversions.

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