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With Stand Off Carl Patterson unavailable for this re-arranged fixture Ian Bartlett retained the Stand Off position for this exiting looking fixture at Horsforth.Doncaster beat Yarnbury comfortably away early in the season and with Dan Storey player coach at scrum half dictating matters and his brother Jono at stand off Doncaster are a big physical side and would take some beating in the race for the second spot in the league.

Yarnbury applied pressure to begin with the forwards and Ian Maycock and Richard Longstaff in particular standing out in the exchanges.However,it was Doncaster who had the chances for points in the first ten minutes when successive penalties were pulled by Dan Storey,a normally reliable kicker.Yarnbury forwards are full of confidence with the long winning run under their belts and Ian Maycock was dominating the line out for Yarnbury at the two position.From a scrum on their own 5 metre line Doncaster pack were put under exerted pressure from the Yarnbury eight and the ball squirted out of the scrum for wing forward Richard Longstaff to punce and score the opening try.Ian Bartlett converting.Yarnbury were growing in confidence and from a drive by the forwards to the line Ian Bartlett through out a long pass to Jason Avieson to ghost under the sticks for a classy try again Bartlett converting.

The second half saw Dan Storey probing the gaps outwide and Yarnbury clearing their lines before an infringement for coming in at the side of the ruck gave Storey a penalty conversion.For the rest of the half it was mainly Yarnbury incessent pressure on the Doncaster line either from penalty kicks to the corners or from counter attacking through wingers Mark Dixon and Chris Flowers with full back Graham Maycock also frequently in the action.

On once occasion Yarnbury were again held short after successive drives and swinging the ball quickly right saw Jason Avieson again under the posts but for the referee to bring back play and give Yarnbury the scrum and the chance again went begging.In the main Yarnbury were good value for their win which saw the return after long injury of last years No8 Joe Mills at wing forward as a second half substitute.

Certainly Yarnbury with three consecutive home games coming up are well placed to put some more pressure on the top clubs with the arrival of Barnsley and Huddersfield YMCA in the coming weeks.

Yarnbury Hornets 20 25 York 2nd XV

Yarnbury Hornets entertained York 2nd XV in the unfamiliar surroundings of Trinity and All Saints College. Hornets started the game with the same attacking flair they had shown in their midweek victory at Skipton in the Aire Wharfe Cup. Joe Pinnick put Yarnbury in the lead on 10 minutes beating his opposite centre with a jinking sidestep then showing electric pace to round the full back and score in the corner. Phil Davies narrowly missed the conversion. Straight from the restart York were awarded a penalty as Craig Barker held on after receiving the kick and being swallowed up by the chasing York pack. The second try was scored by Adam Roebuck. Jimmy Cryan took a quick tap penalty on the Yarnbury 22 metre line and moved the ball left. Alex Crowther providing the Link as the ball went to Russel Gomersall on the wing. Gomersall outpaced his man and drew the full back before offloading to Roebuck on his inside shoulder to streak under the posts. Phil Davies this time successfully added the two extra points, 12-3. Again from the restart York were awarded a penalty which was slotted between the uprights to keep them in the game at 12-6. In the last play of the half York crossed the try line for their first 5 pointer. Tight driving and controlled play led to a short range try. The conversion was missed so Yarnbury held a slender 12-11 lead.

Criminally the Yarnbury pack allowed the kick off to bounce and from here York built an attacking platform and scored close to the sticks. The conversion was good giving York the lead for the first time 12-18. The Yarnbury side did not let this lapse in concentration undermine their confidence and scored a further try through Joe Boucher. from a mazy midfield run fromTom Whitfield. The game was finely balanced with both teams looking capable of victory. York were to take the spoils as a 5 metre scrum was pushed over the line with the visiting number 8 emerging with the ball from under the pile of bodies. The conversion gave York an 8 point lead and the game was theirs. Phil Davies did manage a penalty towards the end to close the gap to 20-25 for a losing bonus point.

Yarnbury 8th Annual Veteran's Tournament

This years tournament was the most successful yet with 6 teams attending, The Blues and Royals Vets (household cavalry ), Harrogate Vets, York Vets, Yarnbury 4ths, Garforth and Addys Allstars.

The teams were split into two groups of 3, playing two 30 min games each, culminating in a final between the winners of each group.

All the games were exceptionally close, with no more than a couple of scores between them in any game.

The final was between Yarnbury and Harrogate. With Yarnbury coming out on top after a very close game.

Richard Sharpe at the age of 56 was voted player of the tournament!

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