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New Boy Thirlby thrills

Homeside Yatton looked a totally different outfit from the previous weeks debacle with two specialist players returning from long term injury and one debutante. Although Quins suffered an early disappointment with a broken nose injury, to their first choice prop, in the opening seconds.

The sides battled it out in midfield throughout the game each desperate for procession. After 10 minutes Yatton had the visitors under the cosh in their 22. Eventually pressure on the try line resulted in a pass at pace and outside centre Rob Thirlbys debut try. Full back Jon Bale converted at the 20 minute mark.

The midfield skirmishes continued with Quins early at any breakdown and in numbers. Battling scrum half Ross Hickory scythed through tackles to touchdown beneath the posts and converted to level the scores.

With 5 minutes to go before the break Hickorys penalty conversion edged Quinns in front but immediately Yatton swept up the field. Thirlbys inventive play and long pass cross field to opposite wing Chris Edwards was plucked out of the air and raced to the visitors tryline corner. Yatton regaining the lead and turning around at 12-10.

With the binning of Quinns No8 and further injuries uncontested scrums were called for early into the second half.

The remainder of the game again saw the midfield battle with penalty conversion attempts from both sides flying wide in this nail biting pacey no quarter given tussle.

At 40 minutes, to the relief on the home side supporters, a Yatton break midfield saw Jon Shorney slice through and mid - tackle set free Thirlby who grounded in the corner, giving some decent gap in the score line.

But in the dying minutes of the lengthy injury time, it was never say die Quinns who constantly pressured, literally on the whitewash of Yattons try line, but eventually the whistle had to be blown.

Next Saturday Yattons 1st XV travel over to Keynsham, while Yattons 2nd XV try their hand at home against Wiveliscombe as also do Yattons hungery new (and Old Boys) 3rd XV entertain Cheddar.

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