Yarnbury 1st XV v Pontefract 1st XV
match report John Rawson
Yarnbury had to pick from the players who were unlucky to loose by one point before Easter but lost second row ...... in the warm up.Luckily experienced second row Ian Maycock was having a run out at home anyway and was drafted in so the pack looked formidable for the visit of the league leaders from South Yorkshire.The home side would need to be wary of the movement of the ball as Pontefract had been on top all season by the use of quick ball around the park and they immediately did what they did well to open up a ten point gap with two tries stunning Yarnbury by making space first on the left for winger Matt Sanderson to score and then on the right as Yarnbury floundered for right wing Matthew Bacon to run to score .Both tries unconverted by full back Leon Cayne.At this stage Yarnbury were giving away too many penalties for the comfort of referee Jonathan Hill (North Yorks Soc).However with their first foray into the Pontefract half good work by the forwards and the ball was worked to right wing Joe Pinnick who used his determination to tuoch down stand off Danny Pound converting from the touch line to keep the home side in contention.
Pontefract sensed openings in midfield and worked another try through centre Stuart Sanderson with quick hands before Yarnbury second row James Falgate removed the Pontefract defence with his strength to go under the post Yarnbury were right back in it with Pound converting.Yarnbury were getting on top through their pack and providing good controlled set piece.The ball was being moved around by both sides with the defences holding attacks before a sweeping move by the Yarnbury pack and backs linking together for open side flanker George Bowen taking a final ball to score on the left and with Pound converting again put Yarnbury ahead 21-15 .However you new the scoring was not finished on half time with the opponents pushing for a score and closed the gap with a try wide right by Dave Findlay on the wing but influential fly half Glen Boyd was just wide with the conversion to close the half with an exiting 21-20 to Yarnbury turning around a great start from the league leaders in a game reminiscent of Yorkshire One rugby.The away side securing a bonus point for the four tries.
Yarnbury continued after the break making the Pontefract pack work hard to stop the advance but Yarnbury were moving quick ball around the park with centre’s Jason Avison and James White working their partnership well to slip a quick ball to winger Joe Pinnick to increase the Yarnbury lead in the right corner.Danny Pound converting for the fourth try and a bonus point for the home side.Pontefract were penalised with Yarnbury on the attack and Ian Maycock crashed over from a catch and drive to incresa the home sides lead.
Pontefract were bowed but would not lie down and wing Dave Findley scored an unconverted try after Ian Maycock was substituted for back row Joe Bennett on 60 minutes.Leon Cayne converting.Yarnbury were well on top at this stage and got winger Joe Pinnick in for another well worked try before sustitute scrum half Alex Crowther pinched a ball in the tackle and went over to take the Yarnbury total to 43 points with the final unconverted try for the home side for an impressive showing against the leaders.Pontefract managed a final score Sanderson again scoring a late consolation to make the final total 43-32.The drier ground and open spaces of the soon to be dug up first team pitch to be replaced by the latest 4G synthetic surface may have been the winner on an exiting day for Yorkshire 2 rugby.