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Your News Yanbury 13 - North Ribblesdale 11 (including 2XV and 3XV reports)

The ground staff and selection committee gave up the whole of Saturday morning to get the first game on in three weeks.Ideally the soft conditions would suit the heavier and stronger scrummaging visitors against the faster and more skilful Yarnbury backs.

Yarnbury were without their talismanic no8 Ian Moule who had to work before the holidays so James Barrett moved across to No8 and James Daffern continued with Bruce Johnson Laird to complete the back row trio.In the backs Gary Smith came in to provide the ball out wide for Jason Avison and wingers Graham Maycock and Ellis Gomersall.The game did not begin to plan with the North Ribblesdale backs looking to move the ball around for the first 20 mins but Yarnbury were defending well knocking down the muscular back row of North Ribblesdale Captain Ross Kirkbride and Russell Howarth who did the damage at Settle on the first league saturday of the season.This time Yarnbury kept the Ribblesdale pack in check and restricted them to two penalties in the first half through stand off Mark Richards on 15 and 30 mins.Yarnbury should have had a try on the board just before half time as the backs started to make inroads into the Ribblesdale defence by Yarnbury stand off Dr John Moore who carved open the defence with a dummy and a looping run but was pulled down a metre short when scoring seemed certain by full back Simon Chapman for the visitors.

Yarnbury turned up their efforts in the second half and were rewarded by the best move of the game the forwards driving upfield through James Barrett,hooker Alex Bowden and second rowers Ian Maycock and Dave Hunter and fed scrum half Mark Dixon,who is showing a commitment for work no matter how difficult the conditions and the attention of the opposing forwards.Gary Smith's slick pass found Jason Avison who looped round the defence to score wide out on the left but Simon Tabb missed the conversion on a sticky pitch.

Yarnbury took the lead in great style somewhat unexpectedly from John Moore drop goal wide out which took some striking in the difficult conditions.

The defining moment of the game came a few minutes later with the introduction of substitute Ian Bartlett for Simon Tabb at full back.At the beginning of the season Ian was the stand out player for North Ribblesdale at Stand Off when he kicked Yarnbury into submission.This time he used his boot exquisitely across field beyond the Ribblesdale cover for winger Ellis Gomersall to gather and go in unopposed.The kick being missed.

Ribblesdale scored a consolation pushover try,Russell Howarth touching down but Yarnbury held out for a good win.

Old Crossleyans 17 Yarnbury Hornets 17


A good draw for the Hornets in this tricky Yorkshire Merit League One fixture and it is a credit to their expectations that they felt disappointed with the result which should have been a win.Stephen Riley surprisingly missing a conversion which would have sealed the two points..Winger Chris Flowers was again on the scoreboard with a nicely worked try and Stephen Riley conversion. but the Horsforth side found themselves down 10 -7 at half time to two forward tries from the Halifax side.

In the second half evergreen winger John Bramham who was drafted in from the threes going over the whitewash from centre Stephen Riley converting and adding a penalty to share the points.Unfortunately missing the last chance to end with honours even.

North Ribblesdale 2nds 42 Yarnbury thirds 7


Yarnbury stalwart Graham Grundelfinger scored his first try of the season for the thirds and Andy Hargreaves converted but they went down bravely to a higher team on the day.It is a credit to the popularity of playing rugby at Horsforth that Yarnbury put out a further two veterans sides for a birthday bash in the mud for Nick Mercer and Mick Pound which left the thirds sorely weakened.Great credit to them for giving a stronger second team a game played in a festive spirit.

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