Yatton overwhelmed by unbeaten Wiveliscombe

PUBLISHED: 10:44 05 December 2018

Undefeated Wiveliscombe proved too strong for visitors Yatton.

Wiveliscombe 50 pts

Yatton 14 pts

The Yatton travelling squad were given a lesson by undefeated Wiveliscombe on how to play the home side’s notoriously tricky pitch.

Yatton did manage to pin Wivvy within their 22 at the bottom of the slope for the opening minutes and gained a converted penalty.

The home side worked their way back up the pitch as Yatton failed to make thumping clearance kicks. Once Wivvy were on the relatively flat top, a steal of the line-out ball gave them their first try of the afternoon with a near touchline conversion.

Ben Bushell’s break was scuppered by the last man’s tackle, but Yatton retained possession and after determined defence, Mike Gane’s crosskick into the dead ball area gave Bushell an easy grounding.

After 20 minutes Yatton’s second penalty conversion brought the score line to 7-11, but within seconds a missed tackle resulted in a try and the points tally swung back to Wivvy.

Yatton did get their third and last penalty conversion with 10 minutes to go before the turnaround and a brilliant breakout from their own five-yard area down the length of the pitch went unrewarded.

Pete Quinn broke and was being shepherded towards the touchline but slipped the ball to Freddie Blanks who outpaced the opposition, but the full-back caught the legs of Blanks as he stretched out to ground, followed by the defending wing to deny a score.

With the half-time score at 12-14, Yatton had missed any chance of a league result upset and would need Houdini skills to avoid a drubbing.

After five minutes, Yatton succeeded in getting into Wivvy half of the pitch but could make no headway as conditions got slippery and line-outs became a lottery.

Yatton did well to equally contest at breakdowns but the exertion took its toll in later scrums and mauls. Wivvy’s third and fourth tries came within minutes of each other leaving a full quarter of the game to go.

Four more tries were equally spaced out due to Yatton’s gallant attempts and spirited defence against each wave of attack or soul destroying kicks over.

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