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20
OCT

It was an assured side that ran out on to the field for visitors St Ives. The players had obviously travelled North through two counties to meet the village boys of Yatton, several of them in fact having started their journey in the Antipodes and also it had only been only three weeks before that their team had well beaten Yatton on a hot afternoon in sight the Cornish surf, confidence was high.

Weatherwise it was a largely dry and dull Somerset afternoon and Yatton were trapped within their own half for the first 20 minutes during which a chip and chase into the corner, and lack of cover for the home side, gave the visitors first blood and seven points.

Shortly after a break though by Rhys Davies, finished by Mike Harris under the posts put Yatton on level terms.

Unfortunately Yatton were struggling in set pieces, and did so all game, as second string players took time to get their eye in and deal with the pace of the play but there was a definite improvement in mobility around the park from the previous Saturday and this was against a younger fitter well paid side. Both sides traded penalties during the second quarter but unfortunately the visitors No10 Grant Filby was allowed to cut through deep in first half injury time and sent his conversion over on the whistle.

Yatton’s pressure for the first 15 minutes of the second half resulted in a penalty conversion only to see it wasted by a penalty in their own posts. On the hour St Ives hammered home a breakthrough-try and seconds later a drop goal putting the surfers in front by 15 points.

The visitors expected Yatton to be down and out but with ten minutes to go captain Nic Garnham’s scrum half charge down in the 22 gave Yatton extra belief as Tony Hill’s conversion and, minutes later, penalty brought the score line to 23-28. St Ives proved to have secured their away EDF cup win two minutes later, with a penalty.

But there is no doubt that Yatton finished the stronger finding their prolonged close quarter attack on the oppositions try line frustrated by lack of penetration, with the wings calling for the ball, and the eventual binning of a visiting player.

This Saturday is back to the league and Yatton’s 1st XV home clash and first ever meet with Paignton should proved a good ‘un. Both sides have two defeats and two wins so far. Don’t be late for the Vice Presidents’ hot lunch. Limited availability for VP Membership exists.The 2nds are away to Clevedon and the 3rds home against Clevedon. All spectators’ and families are welcome to stay on and join in the live band Halloween night fun.

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