Yarnbury Rugby Club


Wath Upon Dearne 18 - Yarnbury 3
These are desperate times for the Horsforth Club with a terrible injury list their were unable to field a second XV this week and instead took a mixed side to high flying Wath and the third XV completed their third team league fixture.

With Oliver Cashman shoring up the inside centre position and youngsters Lee Mortimer,Jack Malthouse and Alex Clarke filling the three quarter positions the experience in the backs came from Stephen Riley at Stand Off and Andy Greaves at full back.Without Adam Pike at prop and Andy Butterfield injured John Dodgson came in for his first game with Yarnbury in wet conditions playing down the slope.

The first half was mainly stalemate with both sides probing for gaps but defence was strong and no real breaks were made.Stephen Riley kicked well for territory down the slope but was wide with a penalty.Finally winger Ben Keen accepted two penalties for Yarnbury killing the ball in the ruck to give the home side a narrow lead.

Stephen Riley pulled back three points with a penalty up the slope and Yarnbury had their best spell up field when No8 Ian Moule was sin binned for 10 minutes for holding on in the tackle.However the forwards could not get over the try line and had to settle for a penalty.

Wath are a big side all round but the Yarnbury defence was magnificent ,particularly on its own line with the second rows of Dave Hunter and Ian Maycock holding firm under strong Wath pressure.When Yarnbury broke out up field it was chasing kicks rather than slick handling the ball going to ground in the middle of the park.

Two tries from Wath settled the issue by stand off Martyn Bray and second rowSimon Lines with one conversion by Ben Keen.With Captain Alex Bowden forced to leave the field for the last 20 minutes due to an injury young Tom Fox a versatile forward deputised and did an excellent job in the front row taking several scrums against the head to releive the pressure on the Yarnbury line.

Yarnbury 3rd XV 5-29 Old Crossleyans 2nds
Jason Hall captained the side and Yarnbury took an early lead with his own try but the higher graded team were always in control and ran in three tries in the last 20 minutes against a plucky young Yarnbury side with great defensive tacling from Rob Clabby,Wayne Butterfield and Mark Fielding.

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