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Yatton Scorers- C Edwards; Con J Bale; Pens 3 J Bale

‘Whole Team Performance enables Bale to put the boot into Burnham and dodge Relegation’

Fifth in the table Burnham-on-Sea were off to a storming start being awarded a penalty try, which Tim Piper convert, after 7 minutes, during which their unquestioned skilled scrummaging ruled the roost.

This was the last game of the season and after their mid-week rearranged league match three days previously, on the Wednesday evening, Yatton were only one slender league point in front of fellow strugglers Whitehall – whichever side lost would be going down. Yatton needed this win.

Minutes later Jon Bale slotted his first penalty for Yatton and the home side began to secure ball from retreating scrums.

On 15 minutes Bale’s second penalty sailed between the posts.

With the wind in Burnham’s favour the midfield battle continued until half-time but five minutes before Burnham’s number 8 Fotu’atamai had received a hand injury and had to leave the field.

The sides turned around with the score line on 6-7.

Replacement Player Coach Elisi Vunipola brought himself on at half-time, which was unusually early, and Yatton’s Assistant Coach Andy Fido had second guess the situation. At 60 minutes it was Yatton who were adjudged held up over the oppositions try line on three occasions. However the home-side pack got their reward when seconds later Bale kept up his 100% record with another penalty from near the touchline and from far out, putting Yatton in front for the first time at 9-7.

With 5 minutes of normal time to go, in the mix of ferocious and constant tackling, it was only right that it should be this season’s Captain and wing Chris Edwards who found space and pace to evade tackles and touchdown to give Bale an easy conversion.

Burnham now needed at least two sets of points to rob Yatton of their next season still in Western Counties North. But Burnham’s fight for pride became frustrated as little ground was made against Yatton’s determined and superb blanket defence.

After the match Yatton learned that Whitehall had also beaten Barton Hill, at home, and although Yatton has a better match points difference it was that one slender league point which gave the added comfort factor.

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