1XV beat Chew Valley 24-14
Match Report by Ian Moore
This will probably go down as Yatton's best performance so far this season, taking into account a number of players playing out of position, players not available and the quality of opposition.
The win was based on a solid set-piece where Nick Wakefield and Ed Ryder-Smith provided an abundance of possession to release Yatton's lethal back division and at scrum time the front-row of Ollie Hardridge, John Mackay and James Grimes put in a huge effort. To go with the set-piece was the massive defensive effort put in - this was led by skipper Matt Gooding who along with the back-row of Charlie Wemyss, Tom McMaster and Ryder-Smith constantly won the battle on the gain line. Physio Nick Garnham, pressed into action gave a masterclass at scrum-half, while wingers Tom Moore and Chris Edwards proved a constant threat in attack. With the physical edge provided by Mitch Want and Ben Bowyer, and the assured displays by Liam Chambers and Jack Edwards this was indeed an all round team effort.
Yatton went 7-0 up inside 5 minutes after a McMaster carry smashed a hole in the Chew defence, with the ball moved left then right, Full-back Chambers came into the line to cleverly slip the ball to probably one of the best finishers in the league - Chris Edwards to fly in under the posts. Jack Edwards adding the easy conversation. Chew soon responded, camping themselves in Yatton's 22, and after a series of penalty kicks to the corner they came up with 7 pointer from a catch and drive. Yatton soon responded, a Chew exit kick found Chambers at half-back who quickly found Moore who stood up the chasing Chew winger then stepped on the gas to leave a string of defenders grabbing thin air to go in under the posts. Edwards adding the extras. 14-10. It soon became 21-10; where most teams in and around their own 22 would kick the ball down field, Yatton showing patience and the ability to look after the ball worked Chris Edwards free, and from 70 metres out he waltzed around the covering defence to score.
With a decent lead at half-time, Chew came out and fully tested Yatton's defence into the second-half. But Chew's attacks were met by a committed well organised home defence which displayed a great appetite for the fight. After soaking up the pressure Yatton worked their way into Chew's 22 and after strong carries from Wakefield, Gooding and McMaster they won a penalty which Moore slotted over from 20 metres out 24-7. Chew to their credit kept plugging away and came up with a 7 pointer to close the gap to 24-14. With time running out Chew were reduced to 14 with a player in the bin which allowed Yatton to see out the game. A truly excellent performance from Yatton, whose only slight disappointment would be not securing the bonus point. Next week is a tough trip to Chosen Hill, where a similar performance will be required.