1XV half backs have the key to Chosen Hill's Defence
Match Report by Clive Hall
With three games left to play, Yatton’s fight to avoid relegation continued against an opponent on a roll, having won their previous four matches in the league. They were looking to repeat their home win over Yatton, as was the case earlier in the season.
Yatton were determined this would not happen!
Inspired by their narrow one point defeat to high flying Chew Valley the previous week, Yatton knew that nothing less than the maximum five points available would suffice. They did not disappoint, much to the appreciation of the vociferous home support.
With the pitch in excellent condition and an overcast sky, it was Yatton that played up the slope. Chosen Hill kicked off and Yatton's first touch of the ball,give an earlier indication of their intention to win and maintain possession and then attack the opposition with the ball in hand at every opportunity. Following an early exchange of penalties on halfway, it was an opportunist break, created by the ever improving scrum half Lloyd Richardson
. whose off load to speedy winger, Chris Edwards
, enabled him to score with a fine try in the top corner. The extras were not added.
Chosen Hill responded by pinning Yatton back, deep in their own half and from a Yatton knock on, and the awarded scrum, Chosen Hill spread the ball wide, allowing their winger to score a well deserved try in the bottom corner. The score is complemented by an equally fine conversion, giving Chosen Hill a narrow two point lead.
Yatton come back, with a determined effort to play the game in the opposition half and when Chosen Hill are penalised in the scrum, Yatton find an attacking position on the twenty two,win their lineout and obtain possession from the ensuing ruck, The ball is quickly moved up field by Mitch Want and Ben Bowyer
, who is caught in possession, but the mobility and fitness of the Yatton pack come to the fore as they win the ruck, allowing Lloyd Richardson
to find speedy flanker Dan Williams to score in the top corner. Once again, the conversion is missed.
Chosen Hill look to respond, but their enthusiasm does not impress the referee as they are penalised a second time for dissent. Yatton kick for territory inside the Chosen Hill twenty two. There is a fine individual break by full back, Liam Chambers
who is tackled, but Yatton win the ruck but find themselves, short changed, as the ball was passed at pace along the whole back division only to break down on the far side.
With the slope against them, it is noticeable Yatton progressively dominate the scrummaging. The lineouts are more evenly contested, and any loose ball on the ground is aggressively contested by both back rows.
Yatton seek to dominate the midfield exchanges, but it was an error from the Chosen Hill full back who in chasing his own kick from within his twenty two, fumbles on trying the catch it, allowing Yatton’s elusive fly half, Mitch Want to gather the ball and carve a path through the Chosen Hill defence, scoring a fine try: Jack Edwards bisected the posts and with thirty five minutes played; Yatton 17- Chosen Hill 7
Chosen Hill eagerness to respond falls foul of the referee as they are adjudged to be in front of the kicker at the kick off, With the advantage to the home side, Yatton, initiated a strong attack with Ed Ryder and Ben Bowyer
prominent, but Yatton were penalised for not releasing after the tackle. Yatton’s Tom McMaster was yellow carded, and Chosen Hill reaped the reward by driving over the line for an unconverted try.
Half time 17-12
Yatton now had the advantage of the slope which saw strong running from Liam Chambers
and Jack Edwards determined to use his boot to keep Chosen Hill pinned in their own half. It was the dominance of the Yatton scrum that laid the foundations of the next score as Chosen Hill were adjudged offside; Yatton chose to scrum again, and with Chosen Hill now on the backfoot, an open passage of play developed as the ball was caressed along the line by Mitch Want, supported on his shoulder by Tom McMaster, then James Grimes
and “off the bench” Tom Moore. Lloyd Richardson
continued to boss the fringes, but it was Mitch Want whose elusive play secured his second try of the afternoon, by by touching down between the sticks: duly converted by Jack Edwards.
Once again, Yatton’s defence was caught unawares as strong running saw Chosen Hill respond with what was to be their final score of the afternoon, by scoring a converted try through the middle of the park.
Yatton knew they could not let this game slip from their grasp, so they up the tempo with the Yatton forwards laying the foundation for a well earnt win. The front five of Conroy, McMaster and Grimes, Wakefield and Miles fully played their part as did the back row, of Gooding, Ryder Smith and Williams yet it was the combination the Half Backs, Lloyd Richardson
and Mitch Want who, carried the day for Yatton.
With two tries to his name, Want left the field injured just before the final whistle, but it was his half back partner,( and arguably “joint man of the match”) scrum half. Lloyd Richardson
, who also scored two tries, that applied the “coup de grace” to Chosen Hill.
A long ball to the back of a Yatton lineout gave Lloyd the opportunity to utilise his skills to exploit the extra space created and score a fine individual try. Jack Edwards bisected the posts .
Yatton 31- Chosen Hill 19.
The curtain came down when on the back of another powerful scrum, it was Ryder - Smith who picked up the ball at the base and found Richardson on his shoulder who scored another try. The conversion was missed.
To their credit, Chosen Hill tried to respond, but Yatton increasingly dominated the exchanges, but failed to add to their score.
YATTON 36- CHOSEN HILL 19