Yatton edge out in hard-fought local derby

PUBLISHED: 12:04 15 November 2017

Yatton RFC forwards.

Yatton RFC forwards.

Archant

Yatton narrowly lost to Winscombe in this hard-fought local derby.

Winscombe 22 pts

Yatton 12 pts

Winscombe took the spoils in this hard-fought local derby, with their success built on a tremendous second half defensive display.

Winscombe started the better down the slope and took the lead after a catch and drive. They soon made it 12-0 following a series of pick and goes eventually left Yatton short of numbers in defence.

Yatton hit back and Mitch Want grounded the ball, but unfortunately the ref was unsighted. From the resulting scrum, Dan Williams won a turnover and from the penalty kick to the corner Tom McMaster crashed over.

On the half-hour, Yatton gifted Winscombe their third try by failing to clear their lines, but the visitors responded before half-time with the best try of the game.

The move started just inside Yatton’s half where they went through 13 phases with good carries from Kyle Vickery, Ollie Hardridge and McMaster before Ed Ryder-Smith broke the defensive line to draw the last man and send Freddie Blanks in under the posts, Jack Edwards adding the conversion to make it 12-17 at the break.

After the break, strong carries from Want, Tom Moore and Ben Bowyer got Yatton on the front foot, but Winscombe constantly shut the defensive door as Yatton pulled the home defence around to no avail.

To add insult to injury, Winscombe escaped their own half to deliver the sucker punch with their one meaningful attack of the half to take the game away from a deflated Yatton.

There is no game on Saturday, with a chance for the walking wounded to have a rest and hopefully get some key players back fit as Chew Valley come to the park on the 25th.

Yatton 2nd XV 12 pts

Weston 3rd XV 21 pts

Despite a strong squad selection, a first home win remains sadly elusive for Yatton’s 2nd XV.

The game started badly for Yatton when Rob Pickles suffered a fractured collar bone with only two minutes on the clock.

Weston played simple direct rugby that got them on the scoreboard promptly. The score remained 0-7 until half time thanks to some fine tackling and defensive effort from Liam Bishop, Skipper Nick Adams and many others.

In the second half, the Yatton back division who had been dynamic all game added the first points for the home side through winger Chris Wiggins, Charlie Harrison adding the conversion to make it 7-7.

Weston continued to play their simple direct rugby and added a score up the slope. Veteran Stu Castle rounded off a fine Yatton attack with a try, but Harrison sadly missed the conversion to leave the score 12-14, before Weston scored again shortly afterwards.

Yatton can take a few positives from this game, with the return of Chris Wiggins and Stu Castle and the performances of Colts Will Lee and Joe Bell.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other Sport Stories

Clevedon got back to winning ways with a comfortable five-wicket victory over Frocester.

Read more

Congresbury missed out on a chance to register back-to-back victories as they ended up 35 run short at home to Bristol 2nd XI.

Read more

After winning their first three matches, Nailsea 1st XI find themselves unbeaten and heading the league table.

Read more

Clevedon 2nd XI slipped to their first defeat of the season, falling 22 runs short of their target.

Read more

Cleeve registered an excellent one-wicket victory at Lodway, hitting the winning run off the last ball of the match.

Read more

The sun shone on Clevedon Rugby Club and Swiss Valley as the two teams battled it out in the Community League at Dial Hill.

Read more

Backwell Flax Bourton remain unbeaten as they defeated Midsomer Norton 2nd XI, who lost their last nine wickets for just six runs.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:46

Nailsea & Tickenham defeated league champions Chilcompton Sports to win the Somerset Senior Cup final.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:28

Clevedon defeated Congresbury in the national two fours competition and will now meet Winscombe in the next round

Read more
Yesterday, 14:28

Long Ashton Golf Club youngsters have been enjoying success on the county and international scene.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 11°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications