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Your News ‘Tough start but Yatton show signs of promise for long season.’.

Saturday 5th September 2009 (League Match)

Avonmouth vs Yatton

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Yatton Scorers - Try C Harris

‘Tough start but Yatton show signs of promise for long season.’.

Having revamped the number of teams in a division for this season, the powers that be have therefore decided that there will be a league game practically every Saturday from this first match, the beginning of September, until the middle of April next year! This will put tremendous pressure on the largely amateur players and their families as well as the pitches.

Yatton a basement club of last season knew that their first match away against top team Avonmouth, complete with the home sides sprinkling of academy players, would be one of the toughest.

And so it was that Yatton were pounded in their 22 for the first 20 minutes, any relief only coming from rifling clearance kicks as the cross wind blew. As the second quarter of the game developed Avonmouth scrumhalf, Sean Leadbeater, took advantage of disruption as a penalty was awarded against the visitors on top of their try line. Leadbeater instantly tapped, took a pace and dived over. No 10 Matt Belbin’s conversion deservedly put the home side in front. As the repeated onslaught continued Captain Grant Britton, blindside prop, was driven over in a ruck but the conversion bounced back into play from the nearside post. Now Avonmouth were in a ‘purple patch’ and seconds after an enforced change in Yatton’s front row, due to blood injury, Avonmouth’s strength in the forwards achieved a third try and two more points from the conversion. The home team being 19-0 at the break.

Within the first two minutes of the second half pressure from Yatton on the Avonmouth try line was illegally spoilt by the home side’s No 6 Flanker, who was yellow carded, but the attacking penalty conversion attempt flew wide across the face of the posts. Although it was now Avonmouth’s turn to show their close quarter defensive skills they did manage to hold out until the sixtieth minute when Flanker Chris Harris charged down, at close quarters, an attempted clearance from behind Avonmouth’s try line. Yatton developing in confidence frequently surged into Avonmouth’s 22, but in their keenness to ‘catch up’ against the clock they committed basic errors within the last 5 minutes, giving away two easily converted penalties.

This Saturday Yatton 1st XV are at home to last season’s 3rd in the league Newton Abbot. Vice Presidents lunch at 1-30pm, Kick Off 3-00pm. Last Saturdays victorious 2nds and 3rds both play Clevedon: the 2nds being at home and the 3rds travelling down the road.

Sunday morning will see a mass ‘Aerobic Challenge’ from 9am ‘til 12noon raising funds for the all weather pitch and the Children’s Hospice. Everyone from 1 to 101 (and older if they fancy it!) is invited to attend; Yatton Netball, Claverham Cricket Club and Yatton Bowling Club are already ‘warming up’ as well as the local Service Clubs of the Lions, Masons and Rotary. The boys Under 15’s are playing Chew Valley during the morning while the Under 17’s travel to Old Reds. The Colts will be against Weston Hornets and Yatton Diamonds Under 18 Ladies are scheduled at home against Gloucester.

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