Yatton fade away at Chosen Hill
PUBLISHED: 14:38 05 April 2017
Yatton faded away at Chosen Hill after a close first period.
Chosen Hill 43 pts
Yatton 21 pts
Having narrowly lost at home to Chosen Hill in December, there was some hope that Yatton could repay the compliment in their final away match of the season.
As it happened, Yatton were decisively beaten by an improved Chosen Hill who fully justified their third place in the league. Yet it could have been so different had Yatton maintained their composure and competitive edge for the full 80 minutes.
With Yatton playing down the slope, the opening exchanges were evenly contested but it was Chosen Hill who opened their tab with a penalty goal after 10 minutes, followed by their winger scoring a long-distance try.
Yatton responded and hit back with a fine try by Ollie Hardwidge driving over the line from close range, making it 8-7 to the hosts at the break.
However it was Chosen Hill who took full advantage of the slope with their powerful, supporting forward play and their elusive, speedy backs. Yatton were now under severe pressure and poor defending and decision making enabled Chosen Hill to score three converted tries in quick succession.
Yatton regrouped again and good interplay by forwards and backs put Chosen Hill under pressure which led to the tenacious Mitch Want crossing the line. The hosts replied with another converted try, but Yatton centre, Ben Bowyer gave a glimmer of hope that Yatton would up their game.
From 35 metres out, he carved a path past a mesmerised Chosen Hill defence to score a fine try. Lloyd Richardson complimented Yatton’s tally by kicking three conversions.
With the final whistle looming, Chosen Hill scored another breakaway try duly converted, and in doing so, sealing their overall dominance of the game.
With two games remaining, both at home, Yatton will be looking to improve and stabilise their position in the league.