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Yatton Scorers - Tries G Osborne 3, C Edwards; Cons G Osborne 2, N Raymond

‘Yatton 1st XV’s 2nd Double but is it enough?’

Yatton were made to work hard for their second league double and crucially for the precious 5 league points which come with a win and at least four tries. This relegation battle took place in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Drybrook although already doomed to go down started with determination and pinned the visitors in their half from the start. Three penalty points put them first on the board at the end of the first ten minutes.

But Yatton were beginning to settle and sweeping back up the pitch scrum-half George Osborne was able to sneak a converted try from the back of a ruck on the try line. Five minutes later Yatton were in their stride and able to use their back division for full-back captain Chris Edwards to collect at pace and touchdown.

Shocked Drybrook quickly re-grouped and forcing through the middle collected a second penalty conversion within minutes making the score line 6-12 at the end of the first quarter. But as the game continued at pace in the hot sunshine Osborne was able to strike-through with his conversion glancing over from an upright.

The home side started the second-half again with all guns blazing the reward coming within five minutes as they spun the ball along the three-quarter line and their full-back cut in for a text-book grounding of the ball, which was converted.

Having reduced the difference to 6 points Drybrook could sense an upset and were all fired up. Unfortunately their two consecutive penalty conversion attempts flew wide at the end of sixty minutes but they continued to dominate in front of their appreciative family home side supporters and in this fiercely anxious battle defending Yatton were kept constantly away from the ball, well within their 22.

Nic Raymond was unfortunate to have his charge down disallowed with a clear path in front of him. But with only five minutes to go Osborne’s collecting of spilt ball on Yatton’s defending five-yard line and tackle-evading race down the pitch brought Yatton their fourth extra league point collecting try and frustration for the Drybrook players. Raymond’s conversion from out wide flew accurately over.

Whether this desperate last game result will avoid relegation depends upon other games which have been weather delayed and the complicated structure of the Western Counties Division –

Meanwhile Yatton Colts XV

Have already finished top of their league and now have to step up to the blistering schedule of –

This Thursday (21st) Evening at Yatton RFC, 7-00pm kick-off, Yatton’s Colts face St Marys in the semi-final of the Bristol Combination Colts League Championships Play-offs. (The Final will be against Bath on the 1st May, probably The Portway, Bristol).

And then

Sunday 8th May at Bridgwater, kick-off 3-00pm, Yatton Colts taken on the holders Weston Hornets Colts in the Final of the Colts Somerset Cup.

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