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22
MAR

‘ Absence makes the performance wander’

For the umpteenth time this season Yatton were unable to field a consistent side; four changes were enforced between Thursday night selection and the Saturday game.

After George Osborne’s rifling clearance kick to touch within the first couple of minutes it was then all one way traffic for the next half-hour.

With the homesides total dominance in lineouts, applied pressure in scrums and close quarter support at any sign of a breakdown, tries were inevitable.

At 15 minutes Yatton’s defence faltered and a rolling maul achieved the first try, followed by good hands and support in the back division for the second and lineout support for the third ten minutes later, all converted.

With a tally of 21 points within thirty minutes Torquay began to crow but a largely second string Yatton were beginning to co-ordinate and then spent time putting pressure on in the home sides 22. As Torquay managed to clear the danger a quick return back up field exploited their weakness in now constant drizzle. Nic Spellissy won the kick ahead chase and scramble and Osborne converted seconds before the break.

Half-time score 21-7.

5 minutes into the second half Yatton’s pressure caused panic and a wildly slashed at clearance kick gave wing Glen Jones his run around touchdown to under the posts.

The games momentum then looked as if it had swung in Yattons favour but anymore attacks were frustrated by blocking or ‘old head’ tactics unfamiliar to the visitors ‘novices’.

Wide open defence on the blindside let in Torquay’s next try at 55 minutes with a supporting pack at breakdown gathering the final try ten minutes after.

Although a converted penalty for the home side finished the scoring with five minutes to go, it was the Yatton side who were applying pressure within the oppositions 22 at the close.

This Saturday’s game is the penultimate league match for Yatton’s 1st XV (‘the last but one!’) when they entertain at home fellow strugglers and new boys to the league Ivybridge. The highly successful Vice President and Guests hot luncheon takes place before kick-off.

The 2nd XV travel to their league match at Bath Old Edwardians and likewise the 3rd XV to Old Culverhaysians 2nds.

On Sunday the Colts are scheduled for a friendly against Ivel at home. The Under 15s go to Thornbury and the Under 13s to Wells while the Mini/Midis are involved in a tournament at Keynsham.

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