Weakened Yatton slip up at home to Burnham

PUBLISHED: 10:38 07 November 2018

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An injury-hit Yatton squad came up short in the local encounter with Burnham.

Yatton 12 pts

Burnham 51 pts

Having lost their two previous league games away from home, Yatton were looking to steady the ship with an improved performance in front of their home supporters.

This was not to be as a depleted Yatton side, either through injury or non-availability, struggled against a strong, well-drilled Burnham side.

With the advantage of a strong gusty wind and the slope, Burnham kicked off and almost immediately, Yatton knock on. They were able to regain possession and ran the ball aggressively from deep in their half with Dan Williams and Ben Bowyer to the fore.

Burnham maintained the pressure and as Yatton are penalised on the 22, Burnham go for the corner. They recycle the ball from the line-out and their scrum-half, Sam Lewis crashes over to give an early five-point lead with the extras missed.

Burnham increased their lead to eight points with a successful penalty as Yatton were penalised for offside. Shortly after, two more converted tries by Tim Piper and Josh Holder gave Burnham a 2-0 lead at half time.

With the elements now in their favour, strong individual runs came from Liam Chambers, but there was a lack of direction and cohesion within the team and many Yatton players struggled with the pace of the game.

Fittingly, Burnham opened the scoring in the second half when intense pressure by the visitors caused a defensive error in midfield and allowed No 8 Jude Donnelly to cross the line.

The conversion was missed but with Burnham 25 points ahead and with no reply from Yatton, the carnival had arrived in town early.

Eventually, Yatton did respond with ever-present Dan Williams going over from short range and Mike Gane adding the conversion.

This prompted Burnham to up their game with another try by Piper who crashed over in the corner which he duly converted. Another try followed by No 8 Stefan Pierce, again converted by Piper.

Yatton dug deep and from a scrum in the midfield, a flowing movement along the backs results in speedy winger Pete Quinn crossing the line for an unconverted try.

Burnham were not to be denied as they sealed the game with two more tries and another conversion. To compound the misery, Yatton’s influential lock Nick Wakefield was yellow carded, minutes from the final whistle.

No doubt the coaching team will be looking for an improvement as Yatton entertain Minehead Barbarians away on November 17.

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