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Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division Two Full time

Yarnbury 17- 13 Crossleyans – Yorks 2 League

match report by John Rawson

Yarnbury 17- 13 Crossleyans – Yorks 2 League

Yarnbury were changed from the opener last week with Kieran Davies in at Full Back for the injured Will Marshall and Connor Moreton in at the last minute for Centre and Captain Jason Avison who had an infection from a cut in last weeks game dropping out at the last minute.Louis Atha commencing at prop and Reece Leighton coming in for James Falgate in the second row and Alex Clark on the wing for Jack Brown both unavailable .For Crossleyans they had a changed side from last season and had strengthened with Ryan Hammond at back of the scrum as player coach and new boy’s full back Scott Caley from Siddal RFC and stand off Joe Gallagher from Halifax Vandals.

Crossleyans immediately took charge from receiving the kick off and managed to retain the ball in the forwards and make ground against a determined defence and immediately went ahead with a close range penalty from centre Gareth Sweeney.Yarnbury managed to losse possession from a penalty to the corner and pressure was lost.A sweeping backs move saw winger Alex Clark go for the line on the right but was held up.Yarnbury then took a short kick off from 5 metres by wing forward Calum Fawcett but forward pressure was repelled by a resilient Crossleyans defence before winger Elis Gomersall tackled winger Cameron Brannon to snuff out a dangerous break by the Halifax side and also took the ball to relieve the pressure.A further Yarnbury attack saw the back line sweep down the field only for the final pass to the wing give the initiative back to Crossleyans and they capitalised close in with another penalty as Yarnbury were found to be offside by referee Graham Rackstraw (West Yorks Society).Gareth Sweeney doubling the away sides lead.

Yarnbury’s wing Elis Gomersall is making up for the lost season last year and is in fine form thundering up the left touch line knocking off defenders and making the try line just before the close of the half for the first Yarnbury try.This was the least reward Yarnbury could expect for their pressure .Crossleyans had to finally crack to the home side.Davies missed a long range conversion to the right side.HT 5-6 against a tough outfit and a bruising first half.Yarnbury needed to get on top in the second half to take the win.

With Kieran Davies punishing any ball with interest with enormous clearences the Halifax side were under intense pressure at the start of the half.Kieran Davies came into the line to break the defence for what looked like a certain try but was hauled down looking for a pass rather than finishing off the move.Yarnbury were making space and again Gomersall was away down the left only for the referee to say the ball was not grounded.Crossleyans then had a man sin-binned for persistent offending at the ruck before Davies finished off a move out wide and converted his own try to give Yarnbury a clear lead in a close contest.

Yarnbury pressure finally told with a third try substitute prop Pete Tennent going over in the corner.Davies missed the conversion.A fourth and bonus point try was missed soon after when the penalty to the corner was not capitalised on and cleared by the away defence.

Yarnbury conceded at the end of the contest to a Cameron Brannan try when the winger got on the end of a pass after sustained pressure for Sweeney to convert to give the Halifax side a deserved point.In the end the Yarnbury pack deserved credit for never giving a backward step to a very physical opponent.On another day more penalties for the home side would have ensured a greater margin of victory.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Pontefract 26 100
2. Old Crossleyans 26 91
3. Yarnbury 26 83
4. Barnsley 26 81
5. Goole 26 72
6. Wath Upon Dearne 26 68
7. Wetherby 26 63

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