Yatton emerge winners in basement battle

PUBLISHED: 14:53 20 April 2011

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Yatton defeat Drybrook to gain five precious league points.

Drybrook 13 pts

Yatton 26 pts

YATTON were made to work hard for their second league double and crucially for the precious five league points which come with a win and at least four tries.

This relegation battle took place in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Drybrook, although already relegated, pinned the visitors in their half from the start. A penalty put them ahead after 10 minutes.

Yatton swept back up the pitch and scrum-half George Osborne was able to sneak a converted try from the back of a ruck on the try line. Five minutes later Yatton were able to use their back division for full-back and captain Chris Edwards to score.

Drybrook quickly re-grouped and collected a second penalty conversion to make the score 6-12 at the end of the first quarter. But Osborne was able to increase Yatton’s lead with a penalty.

The home side started the second-half strongly and their full-back cut in for a text-book grounding of the ball, which was converted. Having reduced the difference to six points, Drybrook then missed two penalty attempts.

Nic Raymond was unfortunate to have his charge down disallowed with a clear path in front of him. But with only five minutes to go, Osborne collected the ball on Yatton’s five-yard line and sprinted to the line to give Yatton their fourth extra league point. Raymond’s conversion from out wide flew over to cement their victory.

Yatton Colts have already finished top of their league and now have a busy schedule. Tomorrow (Thurs), they face St Marys in the semi-final of the Bristol Combination Colts League championships play-offs. Then on May 8, they take on holders Weston Hornets in the final of the Somerset Colts Cup at Bridgwater (3pm).

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