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Yatton Scorers - Tries C Edwards, J Bale; Con G Osborne ; Pens 4 G Osborne

‘Mid-field tackling looses possible first win of season’

The final scoreline disguises the fact that the homeside Yatton had been in with a chance of securing their first win of this season. Midfield tackles and lack of cover let the young side down along with a crucial lost scrum against the head when attacking Matson on the 5 yard line.

At the start after ten minutes of even play Matson’s fullback showed his pace to cross over. Minutes later George Osborne’s penalty conversion retrieved some of the difference. But Yatton’s leaking of two kickable penalties towards the end of the first twenty minutes did them no favours.

During the second quarter it was Yatton’s chance to collect two long range penalties from Osborne’s boot and that was after the wingers from each side had touched down tries in the fast flowing end to end encounter against the mid-table Glocestershire side. The half-time score becoming a tantalising 16-16.

Now with the slope advantage Matson forged ahead again, first a penalty and then sloppy cover a the visitor’s pacey outside centre sped through. Five minutes later a Yatton penalty made it 19-26 and as Yatton’s forwards continued to pressurise the visitors 22 Yatton were awarded the attacking 5 yard scrum with a quarter of an hour to go.

Yatton’s scrums had being solid enough all afternoon but a change of player had happened minutes before and the first attempt at scrummaging a resulted in a front-row collapse with a Yatton prop taking some time to recover. Matson’s co-ordinated 8 man shove stole the ball and cleared their lines to race down field. Seconds later the visitors were another converted try ahead.

With ten minutes remaining George Osborne’s sheer competitive determination caused a breaking tussle up the wing and outside centre Jon Bale plucked a pass out of the air to touch down in the corner.

But another converted try was needed by Yatton to level the score and seconds before the whistle Matson’s scrumhalf put on the after burners from an exposed midfield scrum position to give the easiest try conversion to the visitors.

This Saturday Yatton 1st XV travel locally North Bristol and Yatton 2nd XV are at home to Walcot 2nds, with the 3rd XV off to Stothert & Pitt 2nds.

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