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Yatton Scorers: Pens G Osborne

Pitch conditions did no favours

Yattons ambition of swapping places with Torquay at the bottom of the division was effectively shattered by hooker Tom Channons bulldozing try for the visitors at 60 minutes.

This weather delayed fixture was played on a questionable heavy wet and largely mud filled pitch. It started well enough for the home side who kicked off and had advantage of the slope, keeping the visitors within their half for most of the first quarter.

But spilt greasy ball cost them attacking moves and Torquay knew how to delay the game eventually working their way up the pitch to grab the chance of a penalty conversion attempt. The kick flew wide and just short. Yatton failed to clear their line, fumbled the run out and young Channon was given the opportunity to ground his first try. James Wood made sure of the conversion.

George Osbornes penalty conversion 5 minutes later gave Yatton some measure of comfort but as neither side progressed turning around at 3-7 against the slope looked ominous for the homesides faster but lighter players. Torquays heavier and more suited to the conditions pack soon applied the pressure, scrum and set pieces kept them out but winning the ball at breakdown, rucks and mauls gave them the edge.

A well-read interception five minutes from the break nearly changed things for the better but the homesides support was not there and the mid-field battle continued.

With unsure footing kicks are never easy and pressure remained on the homeside who did well to deny their visitors any points.

A player from each side was sin-binned in separate incidents within minutes of each other nearing the end of the third quarter.

Torquays always threatening break from the back of the scrum came in mid-field and finished yards short of the tryline. A five yard attacking scrum broke up into a maul and gave Channon his second try as he came through at pace.

With 5 minutes to go, a giveaway penalty conversion under the posts, by exposed Yatton, settled the outcome.

There will be a Rotary Quiz night on this Friday Evening at the Clubhouse, all welcome.

This Saturday Yatton 1st XV travel to bottom of the division, but a resurgent, St Marys.

Yattons successful 2nds are away to Walcot and the 3rds face Keynsham at home.

On Sunday Yatton Colts have Dings in a League match. Under 17s at home to Nortn Bristol. Under 15 travel to Chew Valley while all the younger sides are training.

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