Yatton fade away in the second half
PUBLISHED: 09:46 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 18 April 2018
Relegation-threatened Yatton did not help their cause when they lost to bottom of the table Oldfield Old Boys.
Oldfield Old Boys 36 pts
Yatton 24 pts
With relegation from Western Counties North a real possibility, Yatton knew this was a golden opportunity to pick up some points against bottom of the table Oldfield.
But their topsy-turvy season continues as Yatton’s strength in depth was fully exposed through injury or non-availability. Conversely, lowly Oldfield were celebrating their president’s day on a beautiful spring afternoon and were determined no-one would spoil their party.
With the pitch in excellent condition and with eight minutes on the clock, it was Oldfield who opened their account with a converted try from a five-metre line-out.
The opening exchanges were tense, but a good break by Tom McMaster into the Oldfield half led to a line-out from which captain Matt Gooding crashed over for an unconverted try.
Oldfield quickly responded and from a penalty kick to the corner drove over for another converted try. Oldfield began to dominate the midfield, but a great covering tackle by Yatton winger Chris Edwards stemmed the flow.
In the dying moments of the first-half another five metre line-out to Oldfield was snuffed out by tenacious Yatton tackling and with the half time score at Oldfield 14-5, the game was still there for the taking.
Yatton were determined to close the gap and an elusive break by centre Ben Bowyer supported by Liam Chambers, led to prop James Grimes thundering over the Oldfield line for another try.
Shortly afterwards, Yatton were awarded a penalty for an Oldfield offside and elected to scrum. With the Yatton front row of McKay, McMaster and Grimes now dominating their opponents, a series of scrums followed, and with Oldfield on the back foot, continual infringement by the home side led to the referee losing his patience and awarding Yatton a penalty try.
Yatton now had a three-point lead, but Oldfield dug deep and caught Yatton offside, leading to their pack rumbling over the Yatton line.
The conversion was missed, but with their noses in front, Oldfield took control, scoring three more tries and one conversion, putting the home side out of sight.
Yatton had the consolation of a fine try in the final play of the game, as openside Dan Williams crossed the line from an attacking scrum on the five metre line.
A disappointing result for Yatton, but next Saturday is president’s day and Yatton’s last game of the season against Midsomer Norton.
Yatton 3rd XV 12
Wotton-Under-Edge 29 pts
A well-drilled Wotton side scored early on, setting the foundations for a tough afternoon.
Yatton had a period of sustained pressure, but defended their line admirably. Luke Lincoln was unlucky not to have scored due to earlier infringement. Yatton hit back with a breakaway try from man of the match Billy Mackay, who was playing his first senior game and on his birthday.
Wotton responded in the second half with two further tries as the points tally widened. Yatton were tenacious though and soon saw James Smith score to breathe hope into the home side’s afternoon, but Wotton held on to win.