Yarnbury 1st XV v Wetherby 1st XV
match report John Rawson
Yarnbury v Wetherby – Yorkshire 1 League
Yarnbury returned to action after a month off due to weather and the Christmas holidays with a tricky fixture against a big side with the poundage in the pack to cause problems in Yorkshire 2 League with any team as shown against Yarnbury away in the first game of the season and a close result against League Leaders Pontefract before the Christmas break.To add woe to the Horsforth side the team was missing too many forwards at this critical holiday period and were going to struggle for the share of the ball.To make matters worse the game was switched to the training pitch which lost width and played into the hands of the opponents bigger forwards.So it showed from the kick off and Yarnbury struggled to get their hands on the ball for the opening ten minutes before cutting through the Wetherby midfield with a superb planned move which saw Captain and Centre Jason Avison receive the ball on the switch and break the defence with ease to put left winger Jack Brown in for the first try converted well by stand off Danny Pound.
Yarnbury then repeated the dose on the twentieth minute with exactly the same move in midfield and all Avison had to do with space was slow down for the winger Brown to collect the pass and touch down on the left side unfortunately Pound narrowly missed the conversion.For the rest of the half down the slope and against the wind Yarnbury defended well stopping the 10 man onslaught of the big Wetherby forwards.The opponents did not help themselves kicking two penalties dead and loosing the initiative and also missing a penalty going into the break 14-0 down and needing to change their tactics to get back into the game.Yarnbury’s young forwards may have been small in comparison to their opponents but Tom Warriner,Reece Leighton and George Bowen work tirelessly in defence taking the knocks in the tackle.Yarnbury then lost their captain five minutes before half time to the sin-bin for a high tackle and this would spark a Wetherby comeback straight after the turn around the home side being down a man and under pressure.
Yarnbury started the second half as they finished the first trying to play out of their own twenty two metre area but were well marshalled by the away side and eventually lost the ball and from the ruck pounced on by the big Wetherby forwards gave substitute John Day at Scrum Half the chance to slip a covering defence to reach the line and with Captain Dan Wardman converting Wetherby were back in the game too easily.Maybe the long punt down the field and play in the opponents 22 metre area was what the coaches wanted but this played into the hands of the opponents who suddenly had belief in getting something out of the game with all the possession they were having.
The Wetherby backs were making good distance down the right side of the field and and got a second try after sixty minutes centre Myles Oates squeezing through a gap to score an unconverted try.Yarnbury finally got some ball and worked the Wetherby pack back down the field mainly through long kicks from full back George Oldridge but succumbed to a third Wetherby try up the right to substitute forward Andrew Tropman converted by Warden.
Yarnbury mounted a determined attack and got prop Lewis Atha away in the right corner for what looked a certain try with a two on one situation but on a day when things were going wrong
the forward turned to go over the covering centre but was stopped short and Jack Brown on the wing had nowhere to go and was bundled into touch.A final penalty for a scrum offence say Wetherby close out the game and ensure no points for the home side.A wake up call for the Horsforth side who are still well placed in the league but need to bounce back for the visit to South Yorkshire next week.