Late try earns losing bonus point for Yatton

PUBLISHED: 10:54 31 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:54 31 October 2018

Yatton earned a losing bonus point at St Bernadettes thanks to a late try scored by captain Ollie Hardwidge.

St Bernadettes 31 pts

Yatton 24 pts

A injury-hit Yatton suffered a narrow defeat away at St Bernadettes, picking up a losing bonus point in the process

Minutes after the wet and cold hands start by Yatton, the ball was retrieved and a five-yard line-out forced downhill on St B’s defenders. A resulting maul was driven to breakdown inches from the line, where Kyle Vickery ground the ball. The conversion attempt was blown off course.

Five minutes later, an attacking five-yard scrum in Yattons’s area, broke and resulted in St B’s first converted try.

As the weather conditions made the enthusiastic play a bit of a lottery, wing Archie Witter hacked at a wayward pass from his fellow backs and won the race to ground it in the corner.

As the end-to-end first quarter developed, St B’s took back the lead from a loose ball, the under the posts grounding giving an easier conversion.

A few more injuries and Yatton’s defending scrums began to give ground. In the rain/sleet and at such a scrum St B’s collected their third try, with the referee calling half time shortly after and early because of a player injury.

With the score line at 19-10 and the slope now in their favour, St B’s were buzzing, with the noise level egging each other on.

The opening 15 minutes of the second half in darkening skies saw the bonus try for St B’s being converted after open play and minutes later an unopposed run down the wing put the home side on a seemingly unassailable 31-10 lead.

But Yatton’s inexperienced player’s determination to help get something out of this match steadied the ship and with 10 minutes to go, Ben Bowyer’s try was given full honours by Mike Gane’s well struck conversion from far out.

It was captain and hooker Ollie Hardwidge’s converted try which grabbed the bonus point, bringing Yatton to within seven points of the opposition with minutes to go.

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