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Your News Clevedon 24 - Yatton 3

Following a week of mid-summer like weather the compacted Clevedon pitch was probably harder than on the occasion when this fixture had been postponed during early January. With the Bridgwater four having returned to Clevedon in time for this league local derby they were out to try and repeat the results of the previous season when Yatton and Clevedon had both won a game. This season Yatton had already won at home by a margin of 17 points in early November.

Minutes from the start Clevedons penalty conversion attempt bounced out from an upright. For the next ten minutes the game swept from end to end with Yattons kicks pinning back Clevedon and creating their own attacking chances. During the successive ten minutes Clevedon were awarded four kickable penalties two of which they managed to convert and halfway through which time Yattons Full-back was yellow carded.

With five minutes of normal time to go before the break Yattons midfield strike against the head forced their only penalty which skimmed in off an upright and made the score 6-3 at half-time. During prolonged first half injury time Yattons Stand-off was also sin binned.

The home side squeezed another penalty conversion immediately after the turnaround but again it developed into an end to end affair as the 14 man visitors surprised the opposition and gained respect of knowledgeable persons in the large crowd of spectators. Enforced changes meant Yattons pack were tiring and on the 65th minute Clevedons returned play maker Rory Biggins inevitably evaded a tackle to cut through between the posts.

Back to full strength Yatton battled again but could not break Clevedon at their try line and beneath their posts. At 80 minutes a break out and another Clevedon penalty rubbed salt into the wound bringing the score line to 19-3. The game then carried on for another long bout of injury-time until Clevedon managed to just beat the earlier games points margin with an unconverted try.

Comment was made that, with a penalty count of eight and two yellow cards against Yatton compared with one penalty against Clevedon, Yatton should invite the local referee to a training session before next season to help avoid some of the handicap.

This coming Weekend its back to the normal league schedule when Yattons 1st XV entertain 5th in the table Brixham. Preceded by the Vice Presidents luncheon. The 2nds travel to Walcot and the 3rds are also away at Stothert& Pitt

On Sunday Yatton Diamonds XV (young ladies) play Cinderford and the Under 17s are against Weston both at home. Under 16s go to Chew Valley. Under 14s to Nailsea Backwell and all the juniors and minis are scheduled to travel down the road to Clevedon.

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