Yatton well beaten after taking 28-0 lead

PUBLISHED: 11:28 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 01 November 2017

Lloyd Richardson.

Lloyd Richardson.

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Yatton were well beaten 60-33 by Old Bristolians, despite leading 28-0 in the first half.

Old Bristolians 60 pts

Yatton 33 pts

Well where do you begin with this one? 28-0 up in as many minutes, the try bonus point in the bag, but it somehow fell apart to come out second best to a well-drilled Old Bs outfit.

From the kick-off, Old Bs got on the front foot and with Yatton constantly infringing it seemed only a matter of time before the hosts opened their account, but the defence held firm.

From a penalty, Yatton were able to kick for position in the Old Bs half. From the resulting line-out the ball was moved into midfield where Ben Bowyer ran in from 25 metres out, with Jack Edwards adding the extras.

Almost immediately from the restart, Dan Williams found himself among the backs and from fully 50 metres out, using Chris Edwards as a decoy, he outpaced the defence to gallop over. Jack Edwards converted for 14-0.

Again from the restart, Old Bs kicked deep into Yatton’s 22 where the ball was secured and moved to Tom Moore, who brushed off the first tackle and accelerated away to score from 80 metres out, the trusty boot of Jack Edwards adding the conversion.

It got even better for Yatton with one of the most bizarre tries you could witness. Old Bs were awarded a penalty 10 metres out from Yatton’s try line. The hapless kick to corner somehow fell straight into the hands of Chris Edwards, who launched the ball to the halfway line.

With the Old Bs defence slow to react, he scooped up his own kick and scampered away to touch down under the posts, Jack Edwards converting for 28-0.

With the bonus point secured it then fell apart for Yatton. A combination of Old Bs getting their act together, ill discipline (two yellow cards), sloppy handling and missed tackles contributed to the home side running away with the game.

A half-time lead of 17-28 soon became 53-28 as Old Bs tightened up defensively and starved Yatton of any ball, running in tries at regular intervals. To their credit, Yatton kept going, and man of the match Bowyer busted through a couple of tackles to touch down out wide for 53-33.

It was Old Bs who had the last say as they took advantage of some weak tackling to take the full-time score to 60-33.

Although beaten by the better side it wasn’t all doom and gloom and there were some positives to come out of the game - a welcome return to 1st XV action for club captain Matt Gooding after a long injury lay-off.

Prop Rob Hepworth had an excellent game and the work-rate of Tom McMaster and Dan Williams was exemplary.

On Saturday, Yatton entertain Bristol Saracens, kick-off at 2.30pm.

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