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Your News Nottingley 14 - Yarnbury 7

Yarnbury travelled to Nottingley for the penultimate fixture of Yorkshire Two League in third position and no chance of promotion as only the top two step up.A great effort by the newly promoted Horsforth side just missing out on the promotion places and with only the last wo league games left of the season.The hosts today who are fighting relegation with another four clubs,and then finally we entertain Goole ,also at the bottom of the table next week at home.

Yarnbury were without injured captain Ben Horner in the centre and also Simon Tabb was absent after injuring his back at home,Steven Riley switching to his position and Graham Maycock moving to outside centre.In the forwards it was the same as usual except for second team prop Adam Pike starting and Frank Pitchford on the subs bench alongwith utility back Mark Dixon and back row James Barrett.

This was the first sunny afternoon of the year and on a dry pitch Yarnbury pressurised the home side on numberous occasions iin the first half without any reward and each time Nottingley attacked they were adequately closed down by the Yarnbury defence without much trouble with good tackling from Stephen Riley.Richard Longstaff,Andy Van Heel and No 8 Ian Moule.Unfortunately Nottingley got into the Yarnbury half on only three occasions and converted a penalty each time by Paul Rocket the Nottingley left wing.Yarnbury had numerous chances over the home side line but these were not clear and Yarnbury were still confident with the wind in the second half.

Certainly the number of times Yarnbury one line out ball and drove for the Nottingley line wwas too many to remember but each time the last man was held up or the ball was not grounded correctly for Elis Gomersall,Dave Gornell and Van Heel.It was looking like one of those days for the Horsforth side as they seemingly have nothing to play for other than the pride of third place.Nottingley were constantly offside at rucks and mauls and were fighting for their existence in Yorkshire Two but the chances squandered by the Horsforth Side meant they should have won the game easily.

In the second half winger Simon Threlfall was grounded touch in goal with good defensive tackling by the Nottingley backs and after three consecutive penalties Steven Riley finally got over the line and in his elation had the ball knocked out of his hands under the posts before he could ground the ball.Pressure told and Yarnbury finally scored with a push over try grounded by Ian Moule at No 8 with a good conversion by stephen Riley.

The final minutes were played out in the Yarnbury half and Paul Rocket went over for the only Nottingley try but it should be enough to see them again next year.Goole's future in this league is at Horsforth Brownberrie Lane ground at 3.00 pm next Saturday for the last league game of the season and all will be welcome.

Yarnbury Hornets 17 pts Old Crossleyans 10 pts


The Hornets warmed up for their Aire wharfe Cup Semi against Bradford and Bingley at home on Thursday this week (KO 6.15 pm) with a hard re-arranged fixture against the Halifax side after Nottingley seconds cried off and gave 2 pts in the Merit to the Yarnbury second string.

Yarnbury were 10 pts up in 20 minutes with firstly,a good backs try by evergreen full back/scrum half Andy Cowley and this was followed by a try for the forwards pushing the opponents back at a 5 metre scrum and No 8 Andy Keegan grounding.

Old Crocs as they are known came back with a fine try by their centre Russell Hobson goaled by the fly half Smith.

Yarnbury increased their lead by winger John Bramham scortching away after good hands in the backs to score under the posts converted by Stand Off Joe Churmin with a final consolation try for the opponents.

Halifax Vandals Vets 13pts Yarnbury 4ths 5 pts


Yarnbury were short of their reluarls this week like centre Richard Sharpe and fly half Andy Marshall after last weeks close winning finish away to Wetherby Vets and played like a tired side on the Halifax hills in windy conditions.Maybe shopping with the wife or girlfiend would have been a better option!Good chances were missed by backs and forwards alike and even the dependable No8 Mark Cooper had an off day with wing Will Davies making up for a poor display scoring |Yarnbury's only try.The Vandals scored through wing forward Longstaff a strong running wing forward conversions and penalties by the stand off tony wincombe.

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