Sam's late penalty seals victory
PUBLISHED: 13:02 17 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:10 24 May 2010
AFTER a faulty start, Yatton eased themselves, rightfully, into a mid-table position and condemned Old Redcliffians to certain relegation. Yatton had advantage of wind and slope, but it was all Old Reds for the first
Old Redcliffians 29 pts Yatton 32 ptsAFTER a faulty start, Yatton eased themselves, rightfully, into a mid-table position and condemned Old Redcliffians to certain relegation.Yatton had advantage of wind and slope, but it was all Old Reds for the first 20 minutes. At six minutes Tony Bray touched down for the home side and Craig Owen converted. Minutes after, with a Yatton player yellow carded, former Scottish Under-21 Craig McGrath crashed through to put Old Reds at 12-0.However at 21 minutes, Tom Jackson received ball at pace broke through and crossed over and Sam Osborne converted. Seconds later, Phil Morgan collected the pass from Osborne after Dave Keating had chipped ahead and Osborne's conversion put Yatton two points in front.Five minutes before half time Mike Harris barged off tackles to touch down and the conversion gave the visitors clear water in the scoreline. The following Osborne penalty conversion seemed to be enough.But Old Reds know how to play their pitch and after four consecutive line-outs, during which the sides had to contend with a difficult wind, Bray crashed over. Minutes later Morgan's individual try of the match came as the pinned-down visitors attempted to break out of their 22. Morgan collected the pass, broke a tackle and raced up the slope, with a single support, to touch down and regain the points difference.Old Reds, however, were out for this win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation. With 20 minutes to go another line-out drive saw McGrath ground the ball. Six minutes later a rare Yatton defensive error gave Old Reds Jack Gleed his try. The long-range conversion brought delight to the large home side support, levelling the scores at 29-29 with five minutes to go.Yatton's abilty to pick and drive worked them out of the danger area and up the slope. Old Reds received a yellow card and Osborne's penalty put Yatton back in front by a whisker.An injury-time try saving tackle by Osborne kept the visitors safe and Yatton finished on Old Reds try line.Somerset RFU are taking advantage of Yatton RFC's recently developed facilities by staging both the final of the Somerset RFU Blackthorn Cup and the final of the Vase Competitions at The Park, North End Yatton.This is the first year of the Vase competition, which is designed to enable lower league clubs to gather some silverware.The current Somerset RFU President Mike Berry has person-ally purchased trophies for both the Vase winners and the runner-ups.The Vase final kicks off at 3pm on Sunday. Minehead Barbarians take on St Bernadettes Old Boys. Officials from Devon will adjudicate.Admission to all club facilities is by ticket only. The Somerset Competitions Committee has set the ticket price at £5, including programme, and £2.50 for senior citizens and children. Entrance to the ground is available from 12.30pm.Supporters from Minehead alone are expected to number at least 150, therefore car parking maybe restricted.On April 30 at 3pm at Yatton, Weston Hornets meet Bridgwater & Albion for the final of the Blackthorn Cup. Entrance by ticket only as for the Vase.