Yatton knocked off top spot on plastic pitch

PUBLISHED: 10:40 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:40 26 September 2018

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Yatton lost top spot in the league after being defeated by Hornets.

Hornets 2nd XV 23 pts

Yatton 1st XV 13 pts

Yatton were beaten by Hornets on their artificial pitch and took the lead with a penalty in the opening minutes.

The home side forged further ahead with a converted try on the 25 minute mark from an open play move. Becoming familiar with the surface Yatton began to dominate in scrums and took the score to an even 10-10 within the last five minutes of the half – a converted penalty being followed seconds later by Nic Wakefield grounding the ball from a patient series of pick and drives.

At 55 minutes Hornets penalty regained the lead, with Yatton levelling minutes later, but wing Chris Smeagol-Edwards had to call it a day with a nose injury.

With a classic quick ball scrum and midfield break, Hornets collected another converted try just past the hour mark.

With the score now at 20-13 it still seemed as if Yatton would get some advantage from their packs’ set piece performance, but it wasn’t to be.

Despite penetrating runs by Mich Want and Ed Ryder, Hornets knew how to get in tackles on their home surface and even though a series of five consecutive scrums, near the defence 22, resulted in the opposition’s front row coming up, nobody was punished, the home side held out.

As the clock ticked down, Hornets tails were up as they cleared their lines and landed a penalty conversion seconds before the final whistle.

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