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18
OCT

Yatton Scorers - Tries M Harris, 2 C Edwards, B Osborne, J Shorney Cons 5 Shorney Pens 3 Shorney

‘ Yatton shock undefeated Leaders’ – ‘Everybodies happy when it ‘clicks’

This result was a shock for League leaders Old Centralians who didn’t expect what they received as they were knocked off their perch by an inspired Yatton.

The initial 15 minutes saw an even battle in midfield then Yatton took the lead with Jon Shorney’s penalty conversion.

With the slight slope in their favour Yatton’s pack showed no respect to the leaders but failed to score from sustained pressure well within their 22.

On the half-hour a second penalty increased the lead and minutes later Skipper centre Mike Harris twisted mid-tackle to ground beneath the posts.

An injury time try resulted from Old Cs striking back, through their three-quarters, thanks to wing Rob Pinkney. But within seconds, his opposite number, Chris Edwards conjured a converted try from nothing as he weaved through tackles, at pace, cutting inside and forced himself over between the opposition No8 legs and the posts. Yatton turned around 20-5 at the break.

Within minutes of the kick-off, Edwards was at it again grabbing a high pass from Bill Osborne to speed in and around, giving Shorney another easy conversion.

Minutes later Osborne took advantage of the visitors disarray for his own try, after Old cs pack had crumbled with a scrum strike against the head yards from their try line.

The homeside was now definitely in ascendancy and clear water. The score-line ticked over to 37-5 as another penalty was driven over by Shorney’s boot at 55 minutes.

But Old Cs attempted a regroup and severely tested Yatton’s defence for long periods within the 22. Forced errors brought nothing until Captain 2nd Row Pete Willetts grounded in the corner at 80 minutes.

Back up the field went Yatton’s Front Row Five to cause panic among the exhausted travellers and No10 Shorney walked back with a try and conversion of his own.

(PS The question was raised; Was there a sniff of a ‘Hammy Gate’ scandal to get that backline?)

Such was the reaction of euphoria from this match that it is highly likely that a serving member of Her Majesty’s Government will be visiting to watch Yatton’s 1st XV at home against St Mary’s Old Boys next Saturday - when YRFC celebrates its ‘Whole club Seal of Approval’.

The 2nds travel down the M5 for a league fixture at Wellington 2nds while the 3rds are kept off the premises by having to play a league match away against Old Sulians 2nds.

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