A fourth win in five games for Yatton's U15s
By Simon Foley
Match report by Jason Clarke, Photos from Simon Foley
Injury and unavailability meant that both teams had a notable lack of players for this fixture. The game was played as eleven-a-side (with no back row or fullback), so there was a lot of scope to get the ball wide and in space; Yatton looked to exploit that to the full.
The first try was a well worked move by Whitehall, but after that the scoring was all by Yatton as they took the game to their hosts with some great running, lovely angles, tremendous support and handling for a well-deserved feast of tries. That’s not to say they had it all their own way by any means. Whitehall’s defence held firm for long periods and their big forwards gained significant ground with the crash ball and drive, but Yatton held their opposite numbers up, turned over the ball when it mattered, and counter-attacked at speed to take the advantage back.
You would have to go back to their U12 season to find the last time Yatton scored the way they did today, and this was the match that finally saw debut tries for Adam Weaver and Toby Manson both of whom have worked tirelessly in recent weeks. The other really positive aspect was the way in which the whole team supported each other throughout, with a work-rate was outstanding throughout. Joe Galey caused huge disruption at the breakdown stealing the ball at every opportunity, Fin Skuse drove for all he was worth, and Adam Foley made an outstanding tackle deep in Yatton's 22, stopping the Whitehall attack in its tracks and providing the opportunity for yet another Yatton turnover.
The score in truth, was academic, with Yatton up 42 – 5 at halftime and winning 61-5 at the end of a shortened second half. What really mattered was the way that Yatton applied themselves and worked as a team. They have come a very long way along that road, and today were worthy of a great result.
Tries: Ben Clarke (3); Bartek Aleksinska (2); Jake Damaral (1); Joe Galey (1), Toby Manson (1); Adam Weaver (1)
Conversions: Connor Kane (6); Cam Fogg (1); Toby Manson (1)