Yatton finish with a flourish by doing the double over Minehead
By Simon Foley
Match report from Jason Clarke, Photos by Simon Foley
Having beaten Minehead at home, and off the back of a number of tremendous recent performances, Yatton were looking to finish the regular season with a flourish and claim their first double by winning away at Minehead.
Playing up a significant slope against larger opposition is always an ask but Yatton were more than up to it, and from the kick-off made their running intentions clear. A clean catch, some quick hands and Tom Ballard was over in the corner inside the first minute. The re-start was equally well fielded; Yatton drove forwards at the breakdown before releasing the ball wide and Josh Moss added a second, which was followed by a similar pattern to see Joe Galey over in the corner for a third. Minehead then came storming back using their strength and power to pick and go down the slope and drive over for a well taken try, only for Yatton to immediately turn it round ending with a Ben Clarke try under the posts. The re-start was poorly fielded by Yatton which put them under pressure, yielded a 5m scrum, and Minehead duly added a second but again Yatton responded in kind. A great steal by the forwards, good hands and strong, supporting running and Bartek Aleksinski was over to make it 29 – 12 to Yatton at the break.
Down the slope in the second half and Yatton’s pack were driving their hosts back at the set piece and at the breakdown. One such powerful play was held up over the line to yield a 5m scrum that saw Captain Jake Damaral pick and go to drive for the line and secure a well taken try. Some great play by both sides then followed as Yatton surged forwards only to be turned over and sent backwards but Yatton’s scramble defence was impressive and try as they might MInehead could not find a way through. A lovely little shown and go was fumbled by Yatton over the line but the following play by both forwards and backs was a joy to watch as the ball was won, driven through the Minehead defence, recycled and then moved wide along the whole line allowing Josh Moss to add his second in the corner. Some quick thinking at the re-start then moved the ball wide to Ben Clarke who crossed for his second which was swiftly followed by a surging Yatton break that was stopped just short of the line despite the tremendous support of Toby Manson. The final score was 44 – 12 and was a tremendous testament to just how far this whole Yatton side has travelled over the last few weeks
Tries: Ben Clarke (2); Josh Moss (2) ; Bartek Aleksinski (1); Tom Ballard (1) ; Jake Damaral (1); Joe Galey (1),
Conversions: Cam Fogg (2)