Yatton moving up the table
PUBLISHED: 14:33 23 November 2011
Yatton are moving up the league table after gaining nine points from their last two games.
Yatton 30 pts Stroud 14 pts
WITH nine points from their last two matches, Yatton are gradually moving themselves towards a safer league position.
Both sides attempted to trade penalties in the opening 20 minutes, but Stroud’s two kicks flew wide and Yatton were six points in front.
On the half-hour, captain Chris Edwards broke down the wing adding a try with Stroud later finishing the first half strongly
Within seconds of the turnaround centre Jon Bale gathered loose ball from a Stroud attack and won the race for their try-line from halfway.
Ten minutes later Yatton’s pressure from the set pieces caused confusion on the opposition try-line after a series of scrums. Alert scrum-half Lloyd Richardson, in the dead ball area, plucked a high pass out of the air and grounded the ball. George Osborne’s conversion made it 2-0.
However, Stroud showed that they had no intention of rolling over, minutes later they were down the pitch for centre Luke Dando to crash over at pace from an attacking scrum under the posts.
Yatton were down to 14 men after a replacement prop was yellow carded. Stroud made the numerical advantage count and the game seemed to swing in their favour with a converted try to make it 23-14.
As the game continued in fading daylight, at the beginning of six minutes of injury time, stand-off Ollie Noble conjured a break in midfield and gave Edwards the task of claiming the home side’s fourth and extra league point bonus try. Osborne’s conversion from out wide finally settled the home win for Yatton.
Yatton 1st XV’s next scheduled game is a league fixture away against Barton Hill on December 3; also on the day the 2nd XV face Wells 2nd XV at home, while the 3rd XV are due to travel to Old Culverhaysians 2nds.
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