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Yatton Scorers - Tries N Raymond, L Richardson; Drop Goal J Bale

ĎEnigma Bale strikes vital Drop Goal twice against Avon in one seasoní

On the 6th October last year Yatton were desperately seeking their first win of the season and after having sacrificed a good lead they were losing by one point, with two minutes to go. Against a strong autumn sun Jon Bale swung his left foot and the Drop Goal sailed sweetly between the posts for Yatton to clinch it.

Last Saturday on a sticky pitch the same game position was repeated; away team Yatton were again battling Avon, one point behind with less than a tense two minutes to go and Jon Bale swung his left foot.....

Scoring didnít start until 25 minutes in when Yatton wing Kye Chambers conjured a break up hill, kick and chase, the ball bounced in favour of following up Nic Raymond. Baleís right footed conversion attempt, normally accurate enough, looked frankly pathetic- although to be fair the kick was uphill, the ground leaden, slightly unsteady and the ball mud-caked. Avonís first choice pitch was out of commission because of recent flooding and prolonged snow.

Yatton had been pinned in their half for the first quarter with determined Avon helped by the slope and cross pitch cold breeze. Yattonís lead didnít last long as Avonís attacking pressure picked up two converted penalties within six minutes before half-time.

This time with the slope advantage Kye Chambers again opened up the wing side and Lloyd Richardson did the honours of grounding the ball.

Ten minutes later Yatton lost a selected player to the bin and within minutes Avon got the nudge on in a 5 yard scrum, retaking the lead by one point at the 62 minute mark.

Clearence kicks and effective lineout play for the home side kept them safe as anxious Yatton spilt ball against tough defence. In the dying minutes, near Avonís 5 yard mark, touchline decisions appeared critical; the tense pressure being too much for some travelling supporters and then Jon Bale swung his left foot............and Avon groaned for a second time this season.

This Saturday Yatton 1st XV meet Old Bristolians, at home, kick-off 2.30pm, for the re-arranged league fixture.

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