Visitors put to sword as U15s good form continues
By Simon Foley
Match report from Jason Clarke, photos from Simon Foley
Yatton were looking to make hay after last week’s tremendous win and it was a glorious harvest. The wet and heavy conditions failed to rain on their parade as they scored seven tries through great teamwork, communication and go-forward rugby which was a joy to watch. Even Minehead’s size and weight advantage was driven back on a number of occasions both in the scrum and at the ruck and Yatton’s defensive tackling around the fringes of these big players was tremendous. Yatton opened their account after three minutes when the ball went wide to Bartek Aleksinski who outstripped the defence to run half the pitch and score. Minehead came straight though making the most of the slope to drive down the pitch, secure a line-out off a penalty and then drive over the line to score. From the re-start though Yatton went back on the attack rucking and recycling the ball, moving it through the hands and running straight at their visitors. Their efforts were rewarded a few minutes later Caleb Clarke was released up the wing, stopped just short of the line but gave a lovely off-load to Ben Clarke to score. This was then followed ten minutes later when the ball again went wide with Cam Fogg charging up the wing, also stopped just short but off-loaded to Bartek who raced over for his second. The final play was off of the back of great forwards work and a swift pass from Luke Gilbert to Ben Clarke who seared through the defence from inside his own half to win the race to the line.
Five minutes into the second half and the combination of Gilbert and Clarke off the back of the forwards hard graft released Clarke to run half the pitch and score but the most notable point of this try was the number of players in support. Anyone of over a half dozen players were backing him all the way and that summed up the difference in Yatton’s play over these last three weeks. Yatton’s final try was a forwards / three-quarters combination that saw a popped pass to Josh Moss running flat out to cross the line in the corner. Minehead had a couple of chances throughout the half but some fantastic scramble defence specifically a tackle by Jake Damaral and some colossal hits by Josh Moss kept them out. During the last ten minutes another couple of tries probably begging for Yatton but not through want of trying and for the second week running every member of Yatton could hold their heads high as their teamwork and commitment to supporting each other gave them their first back to back wins for many seasons.
Final score Yatton 45 Minehead 5
Tries : Ben Clarke (4) ; Bartek Aleksinski (2) ; Josh Moss (1)
Conversions : Tom Ballard (5)