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‘Yats weakened back line versus oppositions pace’

It looks like Yatton’s 1st XV are facing their first relegation since the leagues began but a few lessons have been learnt, especially during this current season. Easter Saturday’s game was another ‘unexpected’ rearranged league fixture due to previous weather conditions – either play it or immediately have two points deducted next season – anyway Yatton’s spirit is, where possible, to turn-out a side no matter what the odds. Yatton’s travellers were also hampered by their 2nds having a match at home and so it was that the squad consisted of a total 17 being 8 1st teamers, a sprinkling from the 3rd XV and two semi-retired. The weather was warm and sunny but the pitch waterlogged in patches. The local population and bank holiday visitors to this Devon Riviera hotspot gave it a beer and candy floss atmosphere. Supporters being happy to pay the £4 entrance fee being expectant of a 100 pointer from some of their locally employed and accommodated ‘on condition’ players.

Straight from kick off with Paignton’s first try being due to Yatton’s mud patch error, by a hooker drafted into the back division, it was obvious that a major difference in the two sides abilities would be the skill and pace of the home sides three-quarter line and full-back. But surprisingly, for this 4th in the league side, the back line was the only difference because from the off, even with only 5 of Yatton’s pack being 1st XV players, the visitors front 8 were still more than a match for the home side.

After the initial try against them Yatton resisted until the end of the first quarter and then Paignton’s backline cut through for three tries before the half hour mark. When Yatton were in procession they frequently managed to forge their way up field, consequently second row Gareth GT Walters did himself proud by hoofing over Yatton’s only convertible penalty of the match part way through the onslaught. Half-time score being 26-3.

During the second half Paignton’s next try was within five minutes of the break and then at the fifty-fifth minute disarrayed Yatton let in five more tries within ten minutes. Notably all the tries throughout the match were touchdown by Paignton’s back division, except the final two which were pack players breaking through exhausted tacklers. Bringing on the two only replacements available for Yatton did prevent any further scoring for the opposition after the 65th minute, even though the replacements normally played as props in the front row.

Yattons undoing this season seems to be centred around having to start with the first half a dozen toughest matches and being thin on the ground for replacement of those injured players plus the clubs apparent policy, unlike seemingly other sides in this league, of using club members as back up in preference to obtaining players ‘on loan’ or imports who are ‘attracted to the area’ for the season.

Next Saturday is the last league match of the season for Yatton’s 1st XV at home against mid-table Avonmouth. As is tradition the match sponsor is the Club’s President Mr John Crew and his wife Patricia will be ‘bringing along her mouth watering delights’ for the Vice Presidents and Guests pre match luncheon. The 2nd XV are also home to Bristol Harlequins while the 3rds travel to Old Sulians 2nds

On Sunday the Under 17s are scheduled to be away against Frampton Cotterell and the Under 15s to St Marys. Under 13s have Nailsea Backwell at home while the Mini/Midis travel to the WSM Hornets Tournament.

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