Yatton hit back in the second half to defeat Cirencester
PUBLISHED: 14:42 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:42 12 April 2017
Yatton came from behind and gave a magnificent second half performance to defeat Cirencester.
Yatton 47 pts
Cirencester 26 pts
Yatton came from 7-21 down against Cirencester to run out winners, with an excellent second half performance.
Like the home side, Cirencester had gained promotion last season but were condemned to relegation when Yatton secured the double over them in this glorious weather before the Easter Bank Holiday.
However, the ardent Yatton supporters were made to wait before they could be sure of their celebration.
From a sloppy start for Yatton, Cirecencester’s kick-off was not safely gathered and they were a penalty up within the opening seconds. Yatton pinned the visitor’s within their own 22 and superior scrummaging led to No 8 Kyle Vickery’s confident grounding of the ball, converted by Jack Edwards.
But with Yatton taking wrong options, Cirencester surged ahead with two penalties and two tries to lead 21-7 at the break.
After the break, good work by Mitch Want set up Charlie Wemyss or a try, converted by Edwards, within the first minute, but the visitors hit back immediately with a try just two minutes later.
Yatton were beginning to settle and Edd Ryder-Smith’s converted try edged back some difference with the tenacious Want collecting the bonus point fourth converted try.
Yatton had collected three converted tries within the first 10 minutes of the half giving themselves a slender lead of 28-26 and the confidence of knowing that early game errors had surely been shaken off.
On the hour, centre Ben Bowyers’ converted try increased the lead as the pack secured and threatened. Full-back Liam Chambers deceptive pace brought the fifth converted try and although Cirencester, to their credit battled on, and launched further explorations into Yatton’s 22 it was prop James Grimes who finished off the scoring, unfortunately Edwards spoilt his 100 per cent conversion rate as tired legs slew the ball wide on the final whistle.