Yatton deny Barton the double

PUBLISHED: 14:28 16 March 2011

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PROMOTION contenders Barton Hill’s aim was to complete a league double over struggling Yatton, but they met a focused home side right from the kick-off.

PROMOTION contenders Barton Hill’s aim was to complete a league double over struggling Yatton, but they met a focused home side right from the kick-off.

Within the first 10 minutes, Jack Steer’s penalty for the visitors was nearly equalised by George Osborne’s attempt, but after that miss Osborne was back on target.

For the next quarter hour Yatton had their chances within the 22, but it was Bart’s scrums which held sway and Yatton’s line-outs were missing their target.

Barts worked their way upfield and from a five yard throw-in, Luke Bickford was adjudged to have grounded in the middle of a drive. Steer’s conversion made the scoreline 10-0.

Yatton absorbed pressure in their 22 and as the game swung again Osborne landed the two penalties offered making it 6-10 at half-time.

After the break, Osborne’s individual try, conjured from a quick tap penalty gave Yatton a slender lead when he converted his own try from out wide. Minutes later another penalty for the home side widened the gap as did Osborne’s fourth at 70 minutes.

Power plays in Yatton’s red zone were fiercely contested especially after a decisive robbing of the ball from a flying attacker, inches from the try line, denied a try.

As the exhausting game played out its final nail-biting minutes, No 8 Ian Patten charged over from close quarters for Barton Hill and it was Yatton who finished the last play in their opponents 22 when fittingly Osborne retrieved the ball from and hoofed it off the park.


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