Yatton play catch up

PUBLISHED: 14:45 02 February 2011

Rugby

Rugby

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AFTER being given advantage of the slope with a nice wide pitch, Yatton found themselves behind after the first quarter, for the third Saturday in succession.

Old Centralians 24 pts

Yatton 15 pts

AFTER being given advantage of the slope with a nice wide pitch, Yatton found themselves behind after the first quarter, for the third Saturday in succession.

Old Centralian’s initial penalty and converted try were added to by another penalty on the half hour, with no reply. Yatton managed to claw back to a reasonable difference before the half-time whistle, despite the retreating scrums, which were a major feature of the afternoons play.

John Bale’s penalty had been added to by his conversion of Ollie Noble’s try. Noble had broken from his wing from inside the halfway line and ran to touch down beside an upright. The turnaround score line was 13-10.

Another kickable penalty for Old C’s within two minutes added to the difference, but five minutes later, prop James Grimes’s unsupported bulldozing breakthrough from a maul claimed five points for his team and it looked like Yatton could overtake Centralians, their lead now down to one point.

For the next quarter of an hour the activity was end to end with Yatton seeming to favour playing eight-man rugby and the home side having the ability to kick down the slope. But it was Yatton who suffered when Old C’s returned the compliment of a rolling maul move, this time in numbers, to retrieve the six point gap.

Old C’s converted the sixth of the seven kickable penalties offered to them late on, meaning that the leg weary travellers needed at least two scores to win.

But again Yatton’s drop out landed way beyond and Old C’s were back on the attack with momentum. Consequently just into injury time it was the buoyant home side who could afford the luxury of seeing yet another penalty fly wide.

This Saturday, Yatton’s 1st XV hope to keep out of the relegation zone by travelling to St Marys Old Boys. The 2nd XV entertain Wellington 2nds at home, as does the 3rds XV, who face up to Old Sulians 2nds at The Northend, Yatton.


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