Yarnbury 1st VX v Thornensians 1st XV
match report by John Rawson
Yarnbury travelled without influential second row Ian Maycock,Tom Warriner replacing him in the second row and Josh Bateson was back on the wing with Joe Pinnick moving to full back to accomodate him.The conditions were sunny and bright but the pitch was very soft because of the current weather extremely so which was to suit the home sides style of rugby and unto The Horsforth side to break them down something that did not happen from the start as the home side took control of ball and territory to camp in the Yarnbury 22 metre line.Firstly hooker and Captain James Fenwick got on the end of a close in score after the pack made ground.Then strong running centre Dean Roberts crashed over before Yarnbury got their hands on the ball.Several opportunities came the way of the away side with Thorne being too eager at the breakdown and stand off Danny Pound kicked for the corner on at least two occasions for the home side to pinch the possession and not give Yarnbury a sniff of the try line in the first quarter.
Yarnbury finally got going and the backs looked dangerous out wide with wingers Josh Bateson and Graham Maycock making good ground but efforts were stifled by a desperate defence from the East Yorkshire side desperate for a win in this division.Eventually the home defence was split by Centre James White in midfield and wing forward George Bowen was on the end of a pacy attack to get Yarnbury on the board. Stand Off Dan Pound missed the conversion but took a close in penalty just before the try. to close out the first half 10-8 and anybody’s game.
Both sides lost players to double yellow cards and had to play most of the second half with fourteen men as the game deteriated in quality and became a battle of attrition on the soft ground.
Yarnbury hads the best of the third quarter and after several break outs from their own half managed to get right wing Josh Bateson away and he rounded his winger and then took the inside gap to score in midfield onyl for Pound again to miss the conversion but at least the scores were level at 13 –13.The game became stop start and Maycock left the field with a knock for substitute Ben Meays to show his pace down the left but to no avail.
Just as the game was coming to an end with the scores level an attack near the Yarnbury posts saw Captain and Hooker James Fenwick break from a ruck and score under the posts and stand Off Tom Holt converted to leave Yarnbury with only one point rather than an expected four.