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14
DEC

Yatton Scorers - Tries M Johnson, R Hancock Cons J Bale Pens 2 J Bale

‘ Dying minutes Drop Goal brings Yatton’s defeat double’

The fact that Yatton’s tries came from the forwards and Gordon Leagues from their back division indicates where each team thought its comparative strength was. Add to that the power and consistency of centre Gavin Rea’s kicking for the visitors.

During the first few minutes Rea opened with a penalty conversion and Yatton eventually settled moving in front with hooker Matt Johnson’s grounding from a close quarter maul and full back Jon Bale’s long range conversion sliding in off an upright.

But seconds later a wayward clearance kick enabled full-back Sean Denning to gather and entertain travelling supporters with a weaving run down the wing from within his 22. Stand-off Ryan Townsend easily crossed over in the corner.

Going into the second quarter League edged further in front with a penalty and ten minutes later a converted try was added as their penetrating back line finished with Denning beneath the posts bringing the score to 7 – 18.

Regrouping Yatton surged back and had their chances but it wasn’t to be the backlines day. However two Bale penalty conversions before half-time kept his side in contention.

With only 5 points to make up Yatton seemed to have the edge after the break, especially in the bottom corner when one of League’s props was yellow carded at 45 minutes.

But the visitors fiercely defended the intense pressure on the line and Yatton selected a wrong option which allowed the area to be cleared.

Injuries interrupted the flow of the game and experience bought League breathing space.

Yatton dealt well with Rea’s rifling kicks up field and eventually No 8 Russ Hancock was adjudged to have grounded first from an attacking 5 yard scrum, after the visitors had again broken up.

It was Rea’s drop goal injury time which converted a deserved draw into a win for League and sent them home with a season’s first double.

Weather permitting this Saturday Yatton 1st XV travel to Bristol Harlequins to see if the can pick up their own league double against a team which appears to have improved since the first weeks of the season.

The 2nds have a tough one at home against Bridgwater’s 2nds while Yatton’s 3rds are also at home against local rivals Nailsea Backwells 2nd XV.

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