1XV have a bad day in Gloustershire
Match Report by Clive Hall
YATTON'S BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE!
OLD RICHIANS 41- YATTON 12
With a narrow home victory against Old Richians in September, secured in playing conditions more suitable to Yatton's running style of play. this away game played on a heavy pitch on a cold January afternoon, was always going to suit the the side who could prevail physically, play as a team and dominate the opposition. Old Richians did not disappoint!
Yatton's wake up call came in the first minute when Old Richians got off to a flying start with scoring a try in the top corner, but shortly after, a mesmersing and powerful run saw Dan Willams cross the line with the extras being added.
Old Richians responded with another try as their powerful forwards and fast, illusive and hard running backs collectively dominated possession and teritory with half of the pitch looking very tidy! Old Richians third try had the hint of a double movement but the referee gave it and the home side scored another before half time to secure the bonus point.
With the score at 22-7 half time there was a glimmer of hope that perhaps Yatton could turn the game and strong running from the midfield, enabled Pete Quinn to score an unconverted try in the corner. With the score at 22-12. the game was still within Yatton's grasp. but this seemed to rally the oppostion who increasingly imposed themselves on the game.
Yatton responded and there were some noticible, individual performances for Yatton, the strong running of Tom Moore, Ben Boywer, Mitch Wantee, Dan Willams, T Mac, Chris Edwards and a last ditch tackle by Lloyd Richardson on their speedy winger come to the fore. Collectively the pack played well in the tight but found themseles out muscled in the loose. Ultimately, Yatton struggled as a team with their support play and the pace of the game and were not helped by the referee who did not penalise Old Richians for persistant offside in defence. Heads dropped when Yatton were penalised with a yellow card in the 22 and Old Richians were awarded a penalty try.
Yatton responded and were unlucky not to be awarded a try but were penalised for a double movemernt over the line. Yatton's luck finally gave out when they lost the influencial Mitch Wantee with an ankle injury. Against the run of play, Old Richians scored another converted try, albeit from a mid field knock on, not given by the referee and the coup de grace quickly followed with another unconverted try in the corner to seal the game for the home side.
A tough game to start the new Year!