Second victory for Yatton

PUBLISHED: 14:45 07 November 2012

Yatton RFC.

Yatton RFC.


Yatton registered their second win of the season in an exciting match against Bristol Harlequins.

Yatton 28 pts

Bristol Harlequins 25 pts

ALTHOUGH only recording their second win of the season, this Yatton performance showed that they may have, at last, obtained the promising team combination that should help to lift them from the bottom of the table.

But in this exciting spectacle, Bristol Harlequins well deserved their two league bonus points.

A soft try, immediately from kick-off, gave Quins a dream start. Minutes later a penalty by Steve Pugh retrieved some difference. As the game settled a deceptive line out move by Quins gave them a converted try after 20 minutes.

Although Yatton’s response was a drop goal by Sam Osborne, the good work was wasted with an easy penalty for the visitors.

With the end-to-end activity continuing, Yatton’s break upfield with an overlap, ended as Osborne was gifted the ball to touch down. With only five minutes to go before the turn-around, Quins were back down the field and the resulting try brought the scoreline to 13-20.

Five minutes into the second half wing Liam Chambers intercepted in the middle of the pitch and confidently raced to the line from well inside his own half. Pugh’s conversion levelled the score at 20-20.

Going into the last quarter, Yatton were still slow in effective tackles and struggled in the scrums, but experienced Quins were making errors of judgement and Pugh’s penalty edged Yatton into the lead for the first time.

When a Quins player received a yellow card, Chambers touched down soon after to give Yatton some clear space.

For the last 10 minutes, Quins’ attacks became frantic in front of their large crowd of travelling supporters, who had expected to see a rout of the leagues whipping boys. Although Yatton allowed a penalty chance to sail wide, Quins fourth try on the injury time whistle, was not enough to change the outcome.

This Saturday Yatton 1st XV have a rest before travelling to Burnham the following Saturday.

Yatton 3rds 58 pts

Tor 3rds 5 pts

EXCEPTIONAL amounts of rain during the previous days forced this game to be played on one of Yatton’s spare pitches.

Despite the mud and slippery conditions both sides showed their abilities in full flowing rugby.

The visitors from Tor were gutsy enough and would not give up at any stage of the game, but inevitably, with Yatton on home soil and in full cry, tries were clocked up by Sam Beckerleg, Ian Spillar, Steve Lovell, Stu Brain, Gareth Harry, Ian Churchill (2) and J J Hill (2). Both Hill and Beckerleg received the accolade of a joint man of the match award from their teammates.

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