Sat 29
1st XV
L Hemming (4)
L May, P Willetts
L Hemming
Cents win close encounter with Yatton

Cents win close encounter with Yatton

By Stan Fritchley
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Cents win fourth match out of last five with a hard fought victory over Yatton.

Cents were made to work very hard for their latest victory against a well drilled and hard working Yatton side.
Old Cents always had the edge in the match but Yatton kept the home side on their toes.Once again there was a contrast in styles of play from the two sides.Cents wanted to throw the ball around whilst Yatton tended to use their rolling maul to attack but on the few times they ran the ball in the backs they looked more dangerous,
When Cents played down at Yatton earlier in the season,their forwards were given a lesson in how to play and this resulted in a heavy defeat.However,this time round Cents had Yatton under pressure in the tight for most of the match and they matched the visitors in the loose.

Cents made a solid start and attacked their visitors straight form the kick off.The home side were first to score when Liam Hemming slotted over a penalty after 10 mins.Then 20 mins later when Lewis May completed a sweeping move started just inside the Cents half.Liam made the conversion from in front of the posts and the home side were well worth their 10-0 after approx 30 mins.The home side extended their lead to 13-0 when Liam converted a further penalty.
Then just before half time Yatton clawed their way back into the match when they scored a penalty and a converted try following a missed pass by Old Cents on the half way line.The try was well taken by the Yatton winger and Cents now knew they had a fight on their hands to win the match.
Cents were well worth their 13-10 lead at half time but they nearly paid the price for some bad decisions when they had their visitors at full stretch in defence.
Old Cents incresaed their lead not long into the second half when Liam Hemming slotted over his third penalty to make the score 16-10 to the home side.Yatton came back at Cents through their driving maul and from one they eventually scored in the corner when one of their forwards dummied his way through the stretched home sides defence.Luckily for the home side the conversion from wide out went just under the bar and Cents now held a slender 16-15 lead.
Cents sealed the match when Capt Peter Willetts scored from a lineout close to the Yatton line following a short maul from 5 metres out.Liam narrowly missed the conversion from wide out but Cents now led 21-15.Cents completed their scoring in the closing stages of the match when young Liam Hemming scored his fourth penalty of the match for a final scoreline of 24-15 to the home side.
This was another good match to watch at the Stade de Bridge with both sides playing a good hard game which was entertaining with no quarter given by both sides.

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Match date

Sat 29, Jan 2011




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Kieron Blackmore

Player of the match

Kieron Blackmore