2XV slip to defeat in wet conditions
By Billy Mackay
A wet day saw the 2XV defeated at home.
Yatton 2XV took their St Marys counterparts, pre match there was excitement that with a strong squad they would overhaul their opponents but as KO neared other commitments lead to a squad on 17 when the game kicked off.
With Yatton playing up the slope the first half, Mary's forwards looked to play a driving game - typical of most teams of in the conditions - whilst Yatton tried to run the ball which occasionally slipped from their grasp. The game was back and forth early on with many dropped balls. With Marys pack sucking in the Yatton defence, Marys scrum half took the ball down the short side to which their winger hapily received the ball in plenty of space. Despite a brilliant effort from man of the match Adam Chadwick, there was nothing the full pack could do and the Marys players made good use of there overlap to go in under the posts. Easy conversation for the Mary's 10. (Yatton 0-7 Mary's)
From the kickoff Yatton looked to bounce back and there defence stood firm, a great cover tackle from Adam Chadwick stopped the visitors going in for the second in quick succession. Yatton looked to run from deep but Marys weren't letting them out easy with forcing the clearing kick short.
Mary's now back on the attack, helped largely due to the home sides indiscipline, crossed the whitewash after a driving maul left the short side again unmarked and the winger crossed without a finger layer on him. A tough effort for the kicker drifted to away from he uprights.
With Yatton confident in their abilities the looked to take the game to the visitors with a period of sustained pressure. Captain and kicked Micheal Gane turning down kicks at going instead opting for quick taps and kicks to touch. It wasn't until Marys were were on top the Yatton scored. A messy line out quick Gane cleared long was chased hard from the Yatton backs. Adam Chadwick regathering the bouncing ball beat his opposite number and passed to Fin Webber who slid in with a green and black player on top of him. Converted by Gane 12-7. Halftime.
Kyle Vickery made his first appearance in over a year after returning from injury
Refreshed Yatton again had ball in their opponents 22 but resolute defence held them out. Dropped balls on numerous occasions set them back. With the wind against them the stuggled to get their 22 with a quick tap Yatton looked like they could go the length but the ball was spilt and Mary's capitalised going in from 40 meters. Converted. 7-19
Mary's crossed again moments later with some very nice hands leading to a try on the wing. 7-24. For all the effort and work Yatton put in it looked like it just wasn't going to be their day a couple of errors close their opponents try line just let the visitors off the hook. Before a period of sustained forward grunt from Marys sent them over the line for their 5th of the afternoon. Full time. Yatton 7-29 Marys.
The 2XV are back in league action next week. Away to Bristol Telephones. The other 2 senior team are at home and any players or support would be appreciated.