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Your News Leondensians 38 - Yarnbury 0 (including club round up)

Yarnbury's form has picked up over the last two months and even without several injured players ,particularly like inspirational Captain and Centre Ben Horner and No8 Ian Moule they lost experienced Mark Dixon at scrum half due to illness to be replaced by youngster Tom Bowman at Scrum Half.Even so Yarnbury fielded a fifteen expected to win this local derby but were shocked into a comprehensive defeat.Leos had got together their strongest team of the season but it was not apparent for the first fifteen minutes where they never saw the ball with Yarnbury dominating pocession and Ian Maycock and Dave Hunter prominent in the line.They dominated in the Leos half for this period and it looked that they might grind out another win but were profligate when Full back Simon Tabb missed a close in penalty.With a rousing talk from wing forward and Captain Neil Burden behind their own posts came roaring back to score 26 unanswered points before half time.

Leos were quicker to the break down and turned over numerous balls in the Yarnbury tackle and attacked with aplomb offloading quick balls and stretching the Yarnbury defence.Poor Tom Bowman had little protection at the back of the scrum and the Leos back row seemed to get away with breaking early to smother the young scrum half who will come again as a sgood young Yarnbury colt with more experience.

Leos tries were from second row Mick Reear,wingers James Hartnoll and Stuart Norton and scrum half Simon Maudsley with three conversions from stand off Winter.

In the second half Yanrbury attcked the home side but could not break through in the backs where most of the attacks came and conceded two late tries looking to get points on the board.

Disappointing for the Horsforth side but they will bounce back when all injured personell return.

Heath 16 Yarnbury Hornets 13 - Yorkshire Second team Merit - League One.


Yarnbury welcomed back captain Wayne Butterfield to lead their young team who are going so well in the Merit League Division One against more experienced opponents.Yarnbury replied to two Heath penalty goals when Jason Hall was held up over the line and recylcled to put in left winger Russel Gomersall in the corner.Heath hit back to score an unconverted try before half time.

Simon Threllfall playing in the centre made a 60 metre break to put winger Wayne Raynor in at the corner to extend the lead and stand off Phil Davies converted a penalty to make the score 6 - 13 to Yarnbury with 10 minutes to go.A rare lost scrum when the ball squirted out on the blind side lead to the winning points for Heath with a try under the posts and conversion folllowed by a dubious penalty.

A narrow defeat and special mention to the front row of John Dodson,Adam Reynolds and Ian Shannon for their combined efforts in the scrums and around the park.

Yarnbury 3rds 25 Leos 4ths 21

The harsh frost put all Yarnbury pitches out of order so neighbours TASC allowed the game to go ahead on their pitch, continuing the close working relationship of both institutions.

Leos sent a strong 4th team , showing the depth of junior rugby in north Leeds and quickly opened the scoring with a penalty goal after 3 minutes. The teams swapped penalties for the next 30 minutes before Steve Riley broke thro the middle from 20 yards to score under the post. Unfortunately Steve thought he was playing football with his conversion and scored under the crossbar score 8-6 half time

10 minutes into the second half after soaking up a massive amount of pressure Leos kicked on from a Yarnbury mistake to score an unconverted try. On 65 minutes Ben Mortimer evaded the whole Leos back line to score under the post, Steve Riley got this one over! Score 15-11.

5 minutes later Leos again kicked a penalty goal to bring the scores to within a point and set up a grand finale. 2 minutes later Yarnbury extended their lead through a Riley penalty. On 75 minutes Yarnbury had a scrum 35 yards out, No8 Ben Carey picked up, fed Ben Mortimer who broke the line and fed Gaz Poole who scored to the right of the post with Riley converting. The last play of the game saw Leos make good ground and score a converted try. Final score 25-21. This game was played with determination and in the spirit that makes rugby fun to play. Next week Yarnbury travel to Ripon to play a strong home team.

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