Defeat leaves Yatton fighting a relegation battle

PUBLISHED: 17:19 13 March 2018

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Defeat to near neighbours Winscombe leaves Yatton fighting a relegation battle.

Yatton 24 pts

Winscombe 46 pts

Yatton are still hovering above the relegation zone following this defeat against near neighbours Winscombe.

To add to Yatton’s woes, an unprecedented list of injuries had been piling up since the New Year with a question-mark as to whether returning players were match fit.

The pitch was in a fair condition despite recent snow and heavy rain and Yatton raced into a two try and one conversion lead within 15 minutes. But Winscombe’s strength lies in the simple play of its well-drilled pack.

Minutes after a yellow card for the home side, Winscombe rumbled in for a converted try with 10 minutes of the first-half remaining and were frustrated by a stout defence which denied them more points despite their continued attacks within Yatton’s five-metre area.

Although turning around at 12-7, Winscombe now had the advantage of the slight slope and within the opening seconds close quarter slick line-out play gave them a converted try and two-point lead.

Yatton swept back upfield and a kick ahead led to a defensive player infringement while on the ground in the try area. A yellow card was issued and an attacking penalty. Ten minutes later Yatton were yellow carded and injuries began to mount.

On the hour,Yatton scrum-half Lloyd Richardson juggled some magic as he intercepted outside Winscombe’s 22 and ran in to touchdown, claiming the lead back for Yatton at 17-14.

But literally within minutes Winscombe’s pack bulldozed a maul over Yatton’s line to make it 17-19.

The even contested continued until, with 10 minutes left, Winscombe’s vociferous scrum-half broke blind side from a breakdown for a individual converted try.

The angst for Yatton’s team and supporters saw errors creeping into their play, especially after Yatton’s charge down in Winscombe’s try area resulted in a 22 drop-out restart.

However in the dying minute, Yatton pack’s exasperation was converted into powered energy after a series of unrewarded scrums on the opposition’s five-yard to drive forward against Winscombe’s attempt to collapse the scrum, the awarded penalty try gave Yatton their bonus try and two vital league points, while victors Winscombe collected a maximum five.

Yatton still teeter on the brink, now one point above relegation but with the team below them having a game in hand.

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