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Yatton Scorers - Tries O Noble, J Grimes; Con J Bale; Pen J Bale

Yatton pay the price again of giving opponents a good head start.

After being given advantage of the slope with a nice wide pitch on a bitterly cold but dry day, Yatton found themselves way behind in the score line, after the first quarter, for the third Saturday in succession.

Old Centralians initial penalty and converted try were added to by another penalty at 32 minutes, with no reply. As in previous weekends the reasoning arrived at among suffering supporters, including the teams injured captain, was that too many players were being asked to perform out of their normal positions.

After the 13-0 score line travellers Yatton did manage to claw back to a reasonable difference before the halftime whistle despite the retreating scrums, which were a major feature of the afternoons play. John Bales penalty had been added to by his conversion of Ollie Nobles try. Noble had broken on his wing from inside the halfway line and ran unsupported, but luckily largely unopposed, to touchdown beside an upright. The turnaround score line was 13-10.

Another kickable penalty for Old Cs within two minutes added to the difference; but five minutes later prop James Grimess unsupported individual bull dozing pumping of the legs break through from a maul claimed five points for his team and it looked like Yatton could overtake the score line margin now it was whittle down to one point.

For the next quarter of an hour the activity was end to end with Yatton seeming to favour playing 8 man rugby and the home side having the ability to kick down the slope on this wind free day. Adding to the realism was the unedifying sight, at this late stage, of seeing Old Cs captain having to wander around removing dog faeces from the playing area. But it was Yatton who suffered having their metaphoric noses rubbed in it when Old Cs returned the compliment of a rolling maul move, this time in numbers, to retrieve the six point gap.

Yattons long drop out to restart the match enabled Old Cs to gather at leisure and rifle the return back down field with close to the touchline accuracy. At just beyond the 70 minute mark Old Cs converted the sixth of the seven kickable penalties offered to them at that stage, meaning that the leg weary travellers needed at least two scores to win or at least their own converted penalty to achieve the scraps off the table of one miserly bonus point.

But again Yattons drop out landed way beyond and Old Cs were back on the attack with momentum. Consequently just into injury time it was the buoyant home side who could afford the luxury of seeing yet another penalty fly wide.

This Saturday Yattons 1st XV hope to keep out of the relegation zone by travelling away to resurgent St Marys Old Boys. The 2nd XV entertain Wellington 2nds at home as does the 3rds XV who face up to Old Sulians 2nds at The Northend, Yatton.

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