Hornets triumph in local derby

Hornets v Wells.

Hornets v Wells. - Credit: Archant

Hornets ended their successful season with victory at close neighbours Yatton.

Yatton 8 pts

Hornets 41 pts

HORNETS travelled the short distance to local rivals Yatton for their last game of the season, with Hornets already promoted and Yatton relegated.

Yatton’s warm and generous welcome was much appreciated and enjoyed by the travelling supporters and committee members, who were entertained with an excellent pre-match lunch.

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With Chase back from injury at loose head, captain Kent in the middle and the Grimes at tight head. Speller was in the second row with young Harris, Griffiths filled the No 8 berth, while Nettleton started for the injured Geddes at six and the old man of the team, Kinchant, age 31, was at seven.

The back line had a familiar look about it, with Disney back in the No 9 shirt and outside him were Leatherby, Gadd, Cornish, Jones, Vaughan and Vinnicombe at full-back. The bench contained Carter, Gould and Snelling.

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Yatton took the lead with an early penalty, but Hornets hit back with a try by Leatherby. Soon after, Harris timed a run to perfection, a back-handed offload to Chase opened up a gap for him to put Griffiths in at the corner.

Speller stole a Yatton line-out and the drive came on and as ever Chase was at the base for his 32nd try of the season as Hornets led 3-15 at the break.

The second half started well for Hornets with another line-out turnover in the Yatton half, allowed Chase to touch down again, Jones added the conversion as Hornets started to stretch away.

A drive on a home five-metre scrum put Yatton under huge pressure, Disney’s quick reactions gifted him a snipers try, Leatherby added extras with a drop kick as Hornets looked to move up through the gears.

Training park moves accounted for the next two Hornets tries. The first saw Adam Vaughan hit the line at pace to score his first try of the season, Leatherby again converted.

Hornets’ final try of the afternoon saw the centres create space with a move that brought Vinnicombe from full-back to score.

The home side did get the final say on the day with a well-worked try due to quick thinking and good hands to bring the final score to 8-41.

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