Yatton put Saracens to the sword in emphatic victory
PUBLISHED: 12:01 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:01 08 November 2017
Yatton enjoyed a comprehensive home victory over Bristol Saracens, inspired by captain Matt Gooding.
Yatton 55 pts
Bristol Saracens 14 pts
Having endured a heavy defeat by Old Bristolians the previous week, Yatton were in no mood to contemplate defeat against Saracens and it was evident right from the start that Yatton had done their homework.
Inspired by captain Matt Gooding, Yatton were determined to entertain and reward the home supporters with a win on a chilly afternoon at The Park. Yatton’s determination to tighten up the defence restricted Saracens to two converted tries in the first half, but with the Saracens pack dominating the early scrums, there was a feeling among the supporters that this game could go down right to the wire.
It was not long before we saw the pace and strength of Tom Moore initiating an attack deep in the Yatton half to be finished off with a try by winger Chris Edwards. This set the pattern for the first half as Yatton prevailed with their game plan of running the ball from deep, and starving Saracens of meaningful possession in the midfield to counter attack.
Yatton’s pack began to dominate possession creating a platform for forwards and backs to probe upfield and score and at half time the score was 24-14.
With the elements now in their favour, Yatton put Saracens to the sword with another 31 points without reply. Outstanding player on the day was Dan Williams, but this was an exceptional performance by the entire Yatton squad.
Bristol Barbarians 26 pts
Yatton 29 pts
While a home win remains elusive, Yatton’s 2nd XV were back to winning ways on the road.
With some unavailability across all three senior XVs at Yatton, some frantic recruiting saw only a bare XV make the trip, including veteran former 1st XV scrum half and current club physio Nick Garnham.
Despite the lack of numbers and a few players playing out of position, it was enough to see off a spirited opposition on their own turf in a match full of ill-discipline from the hosts.
Garnham opened the scoring after only five minutes, capitalising on a Barbarians mistake in their own 22 to score. Barbarians replied a short while later with a converted try of their own. Yatton failed to take advantage of a sin-binning and both sides traded a further try each to leave the half-time score at 12-12.
Early in the second half, two further tries for Yatton, one each for Lewis Hynam and Garnham (completing the latter’s hat-trick), put Yatton firmly in the lead.
A period featuring a flurry of disciplinary issues, including a card for Garnham and others for Barbarians players, saw the opposition pull back. However, with almost the last play of the game, hooker George Haynes muscled his way over for the deciding score, with Hynam adding the conversion.