1XV wilt in heat of the 2nd Half confirming relegation
Match report by Scoop Watkins
Followers of local amateur rugby, living in the North Somerset Times area, are in for a real treat next season when 30% of matches in the high standard of the Western Counties North league will be practically played on their doorstep. This supporter’s bonanza will prove to be lucrative for the teams involved, in bar takings, and with zero travelling costs.
The percentage of near local matches within this league was nearly going to be 50% but it looks likely that Chew Valley will be successful in their play-off for promotion to the South West division, taking a slot vacated by relegated Clevedon, and Yatton will drop-down to Somerset Premier, to play against fellow ‘junior’ side Nailsea Backwell as Gordano, Somerset Premier league winners, are elevated to take Yatton’s spot – and so the competing local sides in Western Counties North next season are very likely to be (in order of ‘merit’) Clevedon, Avonmouth, Winscombe and Gordano. As a warning to other sides, it is worth noting that had Yatton’s 1st XV not been deducted 10 points for ‘a mix of administrative errors off the field’ they too would be in next seasons bonanza sitting just in front of Winscombe.
As for Yatton v Midsomer Norton, last Saturday’s final match of the season, the day was dry and unusually hot for the time of the year as it was when Yatton played their opening match away, last September, against Midsomer Norton – match dates are set by the RFU!
Midsomer Norton had played a weather delayed fixture against Winscombe on the Wednesday and Yatton was welcoming back some injured players but were forced to try-out some Colts due to absence and lack of depth on the bench. Yatton set of at a blistering pace and picked up their Bonus Try after 18 minutes of play with young Joe Bell, drafted in at Scrum-half, converting 3 out of 4. As set pieces were fairly evenly matched, Norton showed how dangerous they could be once in the red zone and crossed over for a converted Try on the ½ hour mark.
Knowing how to nullifying Yatton’s pacey runners, several times, in their tracks, Yatton’s try rate faltered but when Bowyer went over for the 5th Try just before the turnaround, at 31-7, Yatton thought that they had done enough to secure a final victory in the Western Counties league. But undoubtedly it was a game of two halves; Norton brought experienced players off the bench and blasted through the centre for a Converted Try within the 2nd Half’s opening minute. Yatton resisted the onslaught for the rest of the 3rd quarter but they began to wilt endeavouring to run another try or two. Missed tackles let in Norton’s 3rd Converted Try, at 60 minutes, and the rest of the afternoon was theirs as rifled kicks to touch got them out of their 22, pace through the middle their further 2 Converted Tries, a conceded Penalty Conversion cemented the lead and well drilled ‘keep the ball’ pick and drives to run the clock down.
Yatton 1sts v Midsomer Norton
Scorers - Yatton - Tries Ben Bowyer (2), Mitch Want (2), Chris Edwards ; Cons Joe Bell (3)
Midsomer Norton - Tries All Names Not Given (5); Cons NNG (5); Pen NNG (1)