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Yatton Scorers - Pens 2 N Raymond

‘AWOLs on crucial match day’

In this relegation battle both sides were anxious for the win from the off but the home side Yatton 1stXV, in addition to the end of season injuries, also suffered from unavailable players and a couple selected who went AWOL an hour before this vital match. As the visitors from Cirencester swept into the village of Yatton they had the luxury of being able to field the same team of players as they had done for the previous three matches.

But even so Yatton RFC’s customary sociability was well evident on this the Club President’s Day celebrating the last league home match of the season with the pre-match luncheon where the President’s guests, Vice Presidents and the Oppositions Committee representatives dine on the Presidents wife’s homemade steak & kidney pies, with all the trimmings, and this time being entertained by local young talent called the Eurphoria Show Choir. Yatton RFC’s traditional rugby etiquette didn’t change at all that hot summer sun like afternoon, glum faces accepted the inevitable during the last quarter but still matched shouts of encouragement against some of opposition derision.

Had Cirencester not been heavily deducted league points earlier in the season they would quite possibly have been promotion contenders, as it was, the fact that they had managed to weather that storm showed the obvious commitment and developed talent within the team.

Fierce rucking from the kickoff, rebounding attempted clearance kicks and charged downs became an early half feature of the game. Yatton drew first blood with a penalty conversion but seconds after Cirencester’s pack power and lumpy weight secured a converted try at seven minutes. For the second week running a promising attack within the visitors 22 nearly became a disaster as an alert defender intercepted a pass to find a clear field in front of him, but distracted by a pursuing winger he dropped the ball failing to ground it. However minute’s later Cirencester’s scrumhalf slotted away a penalty.

For the final quarter of the first half Yatton definitely had territorial advantage but rucking pressure in the 22 was fiercely repealed and Yatton’s possibility of a tap and go penalty beneath the posts, at 40 minutes, was frustrated by shielding of the ball which led to a flare-up among the players using the opportunity to square up previous other off the ball incidences, seemingly. Yatton’s second penalty flew over practically on the whistle turning around at 6-10.

For the third twenty minutes Yatton were pinned down in their half and Cirencester’s breakthrough came from a gathered clearance kick and a touchline run avoiding tackles. Minutes later another penalty conversion was added. With neither side giving quarter the importance of the game’s outcome to players on the pitch was obvious and another potential ‘discussion’ was quickly diffused by two yellow cards for the visitors and one for the home side with the last quarter to go. With the losing side having to take risks it was inevitable that the victors would get their opportunities these came as another penalty followed by an easy overlap try and conversion with ten minutes left on the clock.

The match finished with Yatton’s domination in Cirencester’s half for that time, but only another yellow card for the visitors to show for it, albeit for spoiling a ruck with a tactical infringement.

Saturday Yatton’s 1st XV travel to already relegated Drybrook needing a 5 point win and favourable other results. 2nds face Midsomer Norton at home. 3rds go to Old Culverhaysians 2nds.

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