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17
MAR

Yarnbury with a full team of injured personnel throughout the club could have done with an easier friendly than this cup game on a non-league weekend but such a thing is not possible in the run-in to the end of the season.With Captain Ben Horner's season finished at Pocklington with a broken shoulder and Stand Off/Full, back Simon Tabb at corporate business at Twickenham the backs still looked a solid line with Stephen Riley back at number 10 to Captain the side.Simon Threlfall on one wing,Wayne Raynor the other and Ellis Gomersall filling in at Full back.Andy Butterfield's long run at prop has now finished his season prematurely with another shoulder

injury and Dave Gornell not available Dave Hunter came in for only his third game in the second row.

The pitch was a bog after all the recent rain and the heavens opened with the start of the match to make the conditions a lottery and the ball a bar of soap.Yarnbury had the pressure in the early exchanges and pushed onto the Ilkley ine but some good defending by the away side and tackling was strong from their back row of Hibbs,Mackenzie and Brewer.The first score came remarkably from turnover ball to Yarnbury just in their half but this was spoilt by a misdirected pass out from the rook ball spilled and collected by Anthony Cadman ,Likely Stand Off and moved well to Brendan Kelley to wrong foot Wayne Raynor in the muddy conditions and score in the corner for the first try.This seemed to spurr Ilkley and they started throwing ball around and holding on to it in the atrocious conditions and scored further tries before half time from Botha one of their two antipodeans from Second Row after good mauling from the Ilkley pack and also from a penalty try after the referee,who had an excellent afternoon throughout,deemed Yarnbury winger Simon Threlfall pulled back the Ilkley Centre Tim Sibanda when the try line beckoned.Both tries converted by Lee Frost.

Yarnbury replied by Stephen Riley with two penalties after good consistent pressure from the Yarnbury Pack with Andy Van Heel and No 8 Wayne Butterfield leading by example in the rucks and mauls giving Ilkley plenty to consider for the second half.

The conditions deteriorated further after the break and the game became bogged down in midfield with a succession of dropped passes and knock ons but both sides continued to try and play rugby in a good spirit and with commendable enthusiasm.Without the soaking rain the spectators would have enjoyed this spectacle on a better day.Ilkley scored one try from winger Kelley in the second half and the best try of the game came at the end of play when Stephen Riley then Danny Thompson and finally Ian Moule backing up crashed over under the posts converted by Stephen Riley to make the score respectable against opponents from the top of Yorkshire One.Yarnbury's push for another Shield Final will have to wait another year.

Yarnbury Colts Report

Otley Colts 5 pts Yarnbury Colts 10 pts

Yesterday the Yarnbury Colts played away at Oltey in what was agreed by both teams to be played as the Yorkshire Plate quarter final and the re-arranged league fixture cancelled earlier in the season. Each team knowing that failure would mean exit from the last yorkshire competition and seriously denting, if not destroying, any chance of the league title.

Warming up on the first team pitch, it was noticeable that Otley had opted for a big strong pack giving rise to the conclusion that they intended to bully Yarnbury up front and release their backs who had shown in previous encounters that they could score the length of the feild if left unapposed, this was not to be the case.

From the atmosphere in the changeing room to their stern faced entry onto the field, Yarnbury looked more the team hungry for success and showed in the first ten minutes that it would take more than size to demoralise the Yarnbury pack. After holding posession well for the first period drivng the Otley pack back towards their own try line, as the whistle broke Yarnburys stride, the Otley team looked devastated with four of their players down requiring assistance.

The Yarnbury defense in the first half was the best that had been seen all season and when the forwards weren't required in this role, the backs stepped up ably to the fore with no chance for the opposition to threaten the line. Lineout was working well as usual with Brown taking his fair share of opposition ball and the pack as a whole dominated the scrum taking three against the head on the day.

Captain Elliott Cochrane controlled the Yarnbury pack exceptionally well in front of the very partisan and quite large Otley contingent being ably supported by all the forwards used on the day.

Missing Arnold, Howarth, Robinson and Kearsley, four players from last weeks starting line up and playing into the wind, Joe Langan took hold of the backs from Number 10 leading from the front in defence and shipping great ball through the backs to surge into Otley territory on numerous occassions stopped only by an ever tiring Otley defence which remained stubborn and up to the first half whistle with the score at 0-0.

Yarnbury came out for the second half looking fresher and hungrier than the Otley side and completely dominated proceedings for the rest of the game. With surgeing runs from Bailor and Avison in the centres and deep threatening runs from Emsley at full back the ever resilient back row of Cochrane, Liddle, Thorpe and Love stopped any of Otleys attempts to play round the fringes. Otley looked demoralised and bewildered. After further pressure pushing Otley back to their 10m line the forwards provided quick ball to the backs with Cochrane running in support taking the pass and with a switch pop to Avison, the strong running centre showed the Otley defense his heels scoring under the posts. Converting his own try Avison took the score to 7-0.

The rest of the game was dominated by Yarnbury with further scores only being prevented by the remenants of Otleys defense and some unfortuante handling misdemenours.

Avison slotted over a 3 pointer just before the end with Otley scoring a consollation try through one of their props from a metre out, the try being unconverted. This missed kick was the last play of the game Yarnbury winning 10-5 on the day with both supporters and team alike drowning out the home crowd with their cheers of victory in a hard fought tactical battle won through sheer determination and pure hard work. Yarnbury have an exceptional defensive record this season whcih in effect decided this hard tie having only let in 46 points in their 9 league games with a total conceded of 107 over the 17 games played this season.

Mention of all the squad must be made so congratulations also to Wilton, Dexter (sadly lost to knee ligament damage 2nd half) Peel, Senior, Barker, Smith A, Smith D, Bowman, Turpin, Spencer, and although not used on the day, Yarnbury welcomed back Matty Pearce from injury.

Yarnbury now look to face Huddersfield YMCA in the semi final on April 20th (venue to be announced) and have crept up towards the top of the league 2 points below Otley and Huddersfield YMCA both at the top on 35 points. With a game in hand over Otley and Huddersfield still to play both Yarnbury and Otley in the league, the division could not be tighter and should in all probability go down to the wire.

Yarnbury Hornets Report

Burley 1st 5 Yarnbury Hornets 22

Once again the Hornets were forced into making late changes, with Ian Spink making his debut in the back row & Al Bowden coming in at Hooker. Andy Cowley took the reins as Skipper.

Electing to play up the slope, the early minutes were spent mainly in midfield as both sides probed for a weakness. Yarnburys lineout was struggling to function but slowly makeshift jumpers Graham Riley and Ashley Parker began to settle into the role.

Burleys larger pack were trying to drive through the visiting 8 but as all have found this season this is no easy task.

Sustained pressure on the Hornets line midway through the first period saw a first up tackle missed in midfield allowing the Burley Centre to score midway out. The conversion was missed but the improving understanding throughout the team gave real confidence as the Hornets continued with their free flowing game.

It was from one of these moves from just inside their own half that Yarnbury drew level. Excellent work by forwards and backs alike saw Joe Churnin draw the full back before slipping the ball to Al Bowden who romped over from 7 metres to score by the side of the posts. The conversion was missed but Yarnbury were back on level terms.

With 5 mins of the half remaining Yarnbury lost Ian Spink, who was having a promising debut, to an ankle injury, allowing Danny Pryce to make his debut.

With no further scores but a couple of close calls on the Yarnbury line, the Hornets turned feeling confident of a win.

A third debutant in Tim Bennett came on into the Centre for Yarnbury. The opening minutes of the Second Half saw Burley look to raise the intensity but found in Yarnbury a Steely dertermination. On the odd occasion that Burley reached the Hornets 22 some astute kicking from, Davies, Lawson & Churnin pegged Burley back.

It took until the 16th minute of the second half before quick ball from the forwards on the right, was spun down the line giving winger Ben Mortimer a 15metre sprint to the corner. 10-5. It was all Yarnbury now and an excellent passage of picking and driving by the pack took play to within burleys 22 , were Centre Rob Pound found the strength to withstand 2 would be tacklers and touch down near the posts. Joe Churnin converted to make the score 17 5.

Yarnburys free flowing style was now cutting Burley open. An excellent 30 metre break by Tim Bennett, lacked the final touch and a similar break by veteran Prop, Ian Shannon, was stopped short of the line.

The final move of the game was a fitting end as once again forwards and backs created the space for John Bramham to hug the touchline and race over in the corner from the 22.

In the circumstances, this was as good a result as any the Hornets have achieved this season.

With Graham Riley and Rob Bristow giving a great lead up front, Andy Cowley at Scrum Half orchestrating events and the backs as a whole looking lively throughout.

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