Yatton miss out on a bonus point

PUBLISHED: 15:29 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:29 04 February 2015

Yatton were denied a bonus point by two late tries by Tor.

Yatton 14 pts

Tor 24 pts

TWO late tries by Tor denied the home side of a bonus point in this entertaining encounter.

A swirling wind denied Charlie Harrison the chance of first points through a penalty conversion on a bitterly cold afternoon.

Yatton had had the more positive start until, against the run of play, what proved to be highly crucial midfield interception, with Yatton’s full-back committed in the attacking move, allowed Tor’s Cinicola a clear run to the posts, converted by Tom Payne.

Although the score line stayed the same until half-time, intense pressure from both teams in the oppositions’ five-yard area had grabbed spectators attention first with Yatton’s attack being snuffed out followed by likewise two attacks from Tor, as pressure forced knock-ons, and the change around whistle came, as again, Yatton were grubbing near Tor’s tryline.

Again for the first 15 minutes of the second half, Yatton had by far the better start marginally helped by a yellow card for Tor. Within a space of four minutes, Yatton put two converted tries on the board, taking the lead.

The first was Harrison’s grounding from the back of a pushover scrum, followed by good hands in open play to enable Charlie Wemyss to create his break. Harrison converting both.

But high tackles on Yatton and enforced weaknesses in their normal starting line-up began to tell as Tor brought on fresh legs that were even bulkier than the ones they replaced, adding to Tor’s already extensive weight superiority.

Yatton’s hopes of hanging on to the lead began to recede as drafted in old campaigner Matt Johnson was subbed, influential full-back Liam Chambers received an injury, changing Yatton’s style of play.

After a Tor unconverted try got them within two points, Yatton’s backline was again disrupted by a technical foul binning.

A further two tries for Tor within the dying minutes, the last having a well-struck conversion, robbed Yatton of a deserved league point and gave the visitors maximum reward and enabled them to claim this season’s double.

This Saturday, Yatton 1st XV travel to a resurgent Minehead.

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