1XV fade away in second half
Match report by Clive Hall
OLDFIELD OLD BOYS 36 YATTON 24
With relegation from Western Counties North a real possibility,Yatton knew this was a golden opportunity to pick up some points against bottom of the table Oldfield; but their topsy turvy season continues as Yatton strength in depth is fully exposed through injury or non availability. Conversely, lowly Oldfield were celebrating their President’s Day on a beautiful Spring afternoon and were determined no one would spoil their party.
With the pitch in excellent condition, and with eight minutes on the clock, it was Oldfield who opened their account with a converted try that came from a five metre lineout. The opening exchanges are very tense, but a good break by Tom McMaster into the Oldfield half, leads to a lineout from which Captain Matt Gooding crashes over for an unconverted try.
Oldfield quickly respond and from a penalty kick to the corner drive over for another converted try. Oldfield begin to dominate the midfield ,but a great covering tackle by Yatton winger, Chris Edwards stemmed the flow. In the dying moments of the first half another five metre lineout to Oldfield is snuffed out by tenacious Yatton tackling and with the half time score at Oldfield 14 - Yatton 5, the game is still for the taking.
Yatton were determined to close the gap, and an elusive break by centre Ben Bowyer supported by Liam Chambers, led to prop James Grimes thundering over the Oldfield try line for another try. Shortly afterwards, Yatton are awarded a penalty for an Oldfield offside and elected to scrum. With the Yatton front row of McKay, McMaster and Grimes now dominating their opponents, a series of scrums followed, and with Oldfield on the backfoot, continual infringement by the home side led to the referee losing his patience and rewarding Yatton a penalty try.
Yatton now had a three point lead, but reminiscent of other tight games this season, their shape and discipline withered. Now under increasing pressure from a side at the bottom of the table and facing almost certain relegation, Oldfield dug deep and catch Yatton offside leading to their pack to rumble over the Yatton line. The conversion was missed, but now, with their noses in front, Oldfield took control, scoring three more tries and one conversion, putting the home side out of sight.
Yatton’s had the consolation of a fine try in the final play of the game, as Dan Williams crossed the line from a Yatton scrum on the five metre line.
A disappointing result for Yatton, but next Saturday is Presidents Day and Yatton’s last game of the season against Midsomer Norton.
( Let's make sure they don’t spoil our party!!)