Yatton edge out in hard-fought local derby

PUBLISHED: 12:04 15 November 2017

Yatton RFC forwards.

Yatton RFC forwards.

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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.

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