Yatton go down to late try by Cheltenham

PUBLISHED: 10:20 25 October 2017

Edd Ryder-Smith.

Edd Ryder-Smith.

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Yatton lost an exciting battle with Cheltenham to a last-gasp try by the visitors.

Yatton 22 pts

Cheltenham 25 pts

A late try by Cheltenham saw them grab a last-gasp victory over Yatton.

The teams went into the match sitting level on points with almost identical records and there was little to choose between the sides on a wet and windy day.

Harry Bartlett gave the visitors the lead in the opening minutes, but shortly afterwards centre Ben Bowyer burst through for Yatton, with Jack Edwards adding the conversion.

Yatton increased their lead at the end of the first quarter when Tom Moore cross in the corner. Cheltenham responded when Matthew Taylor scored after the home side had been reduced to 14 men due to a yellow card.

Soon after, winger Chris Edwards’ blistering pace secured Yatton a third try. The home side collected two more yellow cards in quick succession and leaked another try when Cheltenham scored again to leave them 17-15 down at the break.

In the second half, the visitors had the elements in their favour and took the lead with a penalty.

Yatton turned up the pressure when Cheltenham were reduced to 14 men and Bowyer scored Yatton’s fourth try to lead 22-18 with 10 minutes remaining.

Cheltenham picked up another yellow card, but with time running out, they surged upfield and Tommy Lait crossed for the winning score.

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