BY SAM BOATWRIGHT
On the last Saturday of the season Skipton produced one of their finest performances. With a huge home crowd, Skipton ensured that all memories of the earlier season defeat were eradicated within the first 20 minutes. It would be quite fair to list each player and say “ten out of ten”. From front row to full back every player added to the game. The two props of Ryan Binner and Phil Crossman dominated their opposition with Matthew Speres looking like a tooth pick at hooker between the two giants. If this was to be the last game for the South African hooker, it was a fine way to sign off for Skipton. Speres himself adding three tries all of which came from an excellent build up play by the Skipton team.
As well as the pack dominating, the centre partnership of Howson and Richards has been impeccable all season. There is no player in the league that can chase a kick off like Richards. Two tries coming directly as a result of Richards’ kick chase. Richards, like Speres may have played his last game for Skipton, and again if this should be the case he has been an outstanding servant and brilliant asset to the club.
Yarnbury to their credit continued to battle and played hard for the full eighty minutes. Missing key players is tough for any team at this level and it was too much for Yarnbury at the end of a long hard season. Skipton were able to add to their already dominant team with a bench packed full of talent. The changes only added to Skipton’s dominance and the final score finished 56 – 10. Alex Naylor added nine out of ten kicks. Naylor also ends a fine season where he has been allowed to play in his favoured position of fly half for the entire season.
Everyone at Skipton is looking forward to next season with great anticipation. With a good pre season things should be looking good.