U16' beat Nailsea neigbours
Match report by Mark Viney
Yet another close and nail-biting local Derby with Nailsea & Backwell.
Yatton turn up fully loaded this week with 18 players.
N&B were vocally wound up for the game and took first blood after a lack of communication between the Yatton fly half and full back. That was the full backs last foot out of line as he confidently took ever high ball directed at him after that.
For the next 20 minutes Yatton were camped out in the N&B half.
With bias towards forwards in Yattons reserves we had to change out the back row which didn’t weaken a very strong pack winning all their scrum ball.
Unfortunately this week to much ball was retained by the forwards when it could have been pinged our to the backs who open space in front of them.
Stan Pool dug in well out of position at 9
Yatton won a well earned penalty try with Elliot with his body closest to the action.
The rotation between Tom Lee and George Sutton work well on the flank, George with his close ball control into rucks and Tom with meter gaining silver ball. Callan Field forced over for a well deserved try.
Josh Geal made his presence felt but was hampered by his niggling knee injury. This opened an opportunity for Riley Steadman to join our powerful front row during the second half, Callan,Alex and Riley out battling the N&B front three.
Josh Davey made great gains up the left wing looking dangerous every time he got hold of the ball. Dan Doe improves every game soaking up some rather high tackles from N&B whilst retaining ball and gaining ground, thanks must go to Steve Delves Judo training.
Oli Baughan proved powerful at number 8 breaking into the N&B defensive line adding vocal confidence to the forward pack.
Jack Harwood, Ethan Blundell and Charlie Bond also dominated in their positions Jack and Ethan clearing out well and retaining ball. Charle looked dangerous on the ball, making meters into N&B line.
Angus Wilson and Jake Devine linked well several times and were very unlucky not to make the decisive break. Angus’s handling this week was flawless.
Max Viney was hitting above his weight in the middle with some great tackles and defensive work. Max was joined second half by Will Francis who stepped in to centre, who would have guessed it’s been over year since his last run out, he look very confident with ball and covering play.
For a moment it almost all fell apart when Yatton reacted to N&B’s frustrated handbags resulting in Yatton going down to 14 men.
The Yatton coaching then had 10 nail biting minutes watching as N&B encamped themselves in the Yatton 22.
Back up to 15 and Yatton got a last ditched clinching try forced by the front row with Alex Warren touching down.
We were clad to hear the whistle on the line.
Man of match was between a flawless performance at full back by Will Shield and a gritty powerful performance by Callan Field. The new red scrum cap wins the day and a great try by Callan Field.
A strong squad all round with Airport Joe Chapman and Dash Harris to return from injury.
Things work on, too many missed tackles and picking the correct moves to suit the match.
Well done all. Thanks to Daisy for running the score board, the kitchen and bar volunteers.