Yatton hold out in high-scoring encounter

PUBLISHED: 15:06 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:06 15 February 2017

Lloyd Richardson.

Lloyd Richardson.

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Yatton held out with 14 players in a high-scoring encounter against Avon.

Yatton 45 pts

Avon 30 pts

On a bitterly cold day, Yatton were off to a dream start within the opening three minutes thanks to Ben Bowyer’s handing-off tackles to the tryline, converted by Jack Edwards and Lloyd Richardson’s touchdown.

Two minutes later, Avon’s push-over try also put them on the scoreboard.

As the fast game settled into a regular pattern, it was the second quarter which brought two consecutive tries thanks to wing Chris Edwards.

The first was conjured up as he gathered the ball in a tight tussle on his own touchline and evaded tackles to the opposite side of the pitch, the second was thanks to a timed chip through by Edwards five minutes later.

With the bonus fourth try in the bag and a scoreline of 26-5 at 30 minutes, things looked comfortable to the good home crowd.

But Avon soon showed that although they were a basement side in this league, they were not in this game just to make up the numbers, and within a period of three minutes they clocked-up two more tries of their own.

The first was from a trade-mark push-over and the next from an open play strike down the wing.

With the turnaround score at 26-15 and the northerly breeze behind them, Avon thought a win was definitely on the cards and the prospects became more likely when within a minute of the kick-off, Yatton had a man sent off.

The resulting converted penalty brought the visitors within seven points of the home side’s tally. Each side traded converted tries and both defences were tested.

No 8 Ed Ryder-Smith’s skilful grounding from a push-over scrum increased Yatton’s score, only to see Avon erase the difference minutes later and put them back in contention.

But it was hooker Charlie Wemyss bulldozing cross-over close to the posts and another conversion from Edwards which settled the outcome with minutes to go, and to the anxious relief of the hardy Yatton supporters.


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