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Your News Yatton win when it matters

Last Saturday a large crowd of supporters saw an extremely hard fought contest by two evenly matched sides both desperate to avoid the relegation zone.

Six minutes in Yatton thought that it might not be their day when Tony Hills penalty conversion bounced back into play off an upright from 40 metres out.

The nervousness in both sides was evident as a win could determine the outcome of the season. The weight of St Marys pack had the edge in set piece scrums but it was veteran No 10 Dave Keatings kicking which helped keep Yatton out of trouble in the first half.

At thirty minutes Steve Plummer put the visitors ahead by a penalty but Hill was able to respond during a Yatton break five minutes later.

On the whistle of first half injury time a rare Yatton attack down the wing faltered inches from the line as the tackled winger, uncharacteristically, knocked-on much to the disgust of his team mates.

Again the home side where put under pressure and had to work hard in defence during the third quarter but again a break out brought reward for Yatton through Hills trusty boot.

For the final twenty minutes Marys hammered away in the home sides 22. Both sets of exhausted forwards taking it in turns benefit from put-ins at five metre scrums or line outs.

Six minutes into stoppage time yet another rare excursion into the oppositions half was adjudged to have been stopped short of the 22 by an offside, giving Yatton their third penalty conversion. Yatton then held out again within their 22 for the remaining five minutes of play.

There was no doubt that St Marys OBs had the lions share of territorial advantage but it was Yatton who came away with the points when it mattered.

This Saturday Yatton 1st XV travel away to Oldfield in the quarter final of the Somerset County Cup. Bridgwater & Albion were ejected for previously playing four ineligible players against the village based side and Yatton were reinstated.

Junior Section See Below and pictures available on the website of Yatton Diamonds and YouTube.

The young mans current Under 16 Squad are probably YRFCs most consistently successful team of players ever. As always a successful group gets where it is with the help of its backup squad of parents and enthusiasts. John Semmence is the team manager, Mark Osborne the chief coach assisted by Leigh English who is also the main caterer, Kevin Langman and Martin Smith the first aiders.

This group of players have succeeded in winning the Bristol Combination Cup at their age levels each successive year for the last three years. They are also in this seasons semi-final of the Somerset Cup, eight of the team are selected for the Somerset Squad and six for the North Somerset team. Three of the lads being Ryan Langman, Joe Booth and Dan Hanley have been awarded Rugby Scholarships. Alex Cosbie will be joining his brother Carl in the Army later this year. The Family Club which is Yatton RFC wishes them all the luck.

Not only are these good players on the pitch but also they are great club members e.g. they will be serving as waiters to the guests at YRFCs Anniversary Dinner to celebrate the Clubs 40th Year on Saturday 5th April.

Yatton RFC are proud of their youth, male or female, and know that the clubs future is in good hands.

Meanwhile another success story is the young ladies Yatton Diamonds managed by Darren Pugh. After hosting the Somerset County Under 14 Girls Tounament last week ten new players indicated that they want to join The Diamonds at Yatton. Therefore next season YRFC will have both Under 15s and 18s sides available for the girls. The Womens RFU have agreed to finance three coaches up to Level 1 category.

Eleven of The Diamonds were selected for the Somerset County and three of them, Becky Cutts, Kate Adler and Sara Gill played in the Regional Squad. The team were beaten by the South West North but did win against Thames Valley. Becky and Kate have been selected to play in the Regional Finals at Lichfield later this year.

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