Yatton 77-24 Hornets II
Match Report by Tony Watkins
Yatton 1sts v Weston Hornets 2nds
Scorers - Yatton - Tries Ed Ryder (2), Mitch Wante (4), Jack Edwards (2), Lloyd Richardson (2), Capt Ollie Hardwidge ; Cons Jack Edwards (11).
Hornets – Tries No Name Given (4); Cons NNG (2)
‘Near Full Strength Yatton romp in Revenge and Suitable Conditions’
When Yatton 1st XV travelled to Weston Hornets last September the conditions were bitterly cold, wet and constant drizzle; Yatton’s then defeat and subsequent further injuries gave them a run of games into Christmas that they would want to forget – but this home fixture, at near full strength, on a near warm, wind-free, dry January day on proper grass, which ‘enjoyed a stud’ gave them all the elements they needed and enabled them to get ‘all their ducks in a row’ (most of the time !).
After a stuttering start for Hornets injuries, Yatton’s opening surge started 5 mins in as they forced up the field and centre Ed Ryder crossed over from a solid 5 yard scrum.
As Hornets tried to contain the game, Yatton’s four more consecutive tries touched down beneath the posts within the first quarter – Mitch Wante (2), and then Jack Edwards and Lloyd Richardson relishing the freedom – brought the score line to 35-0.
Ten minutes later Yatton’s scrum pushed solidly out of their 5yd line to beyond the 22 but seconds later old heads among the younger Hornets anticipated a backs attack and intercepted on their own 22, winning the race down the slope to the corner. Meanwhile Flanker/Wing Dan Williams continued to handoff through the middle field creating gaps for the home side.
But it was the visitors Hornets who added another Try and Conversion through leaky defence, landing two tries within the final ten minutes, to make it 5 tries v 2 tries at Half-Time - dubious home side supporters wondered if they were going to see a pre-Christmas repeat.
Two Tries within the opening minutes quickly retrieve the score line difference and settled any fears; Capt Ollie Hardwidge was at the heart and front of a pushover Try. Minutes later after Edwards superb conversion, of that try, from far-out he sliced through to his own Try and Converted.
However Hornets kept ‘knocking on the door’, too frequently it was last pass knock-ons or a forward pass which restricted more points and their third Try at 55 minutes kept them on track for a Bonus Point.
Meanwhile, with the advantage of solid scrum platforms, Wante ‘ran a muck’ for two more and elusive Lloydie added the tenth of the afternoon. Gutsy Hornets however kept at it and their 4th Try reward came with 5 minutes to go.
Within the dying seconds, a defence of Yatton’s final attack, resulted in close quarters ‘ping-pong’ as a defender thought that a crafty little chip over within his 22 might be a good idea to set up a reversing attack; the ball ricocheted off several players and Edwards reactions were the sharpest as he laid on the Try scoring pass for following up Ed Ryder. Jack Edwards converted all of Yatton’s Tries.