Yate draw Thorns thriller

March 01 2020
Yate draw Thorns thriller

Yate RFC 25-25 Thornbury 3s

TABLE-topping Yate RFC’s clash with second-placed Thornbury RFC 3s was a thrilling battle, which ended in a draw on the last kick of the game.

The late cancellation of Thornbury2s game allowed a stronger than expected team to rock up to YOSC and give the Wadworths Bristol and District League 2 league leaders a hard challenge.

The first try went to Yate when their Welsh flyer Craig Archer intercepted a pass near his own ten metre line. A conversion by James Cannon gave Yate a 7 point lead.

Thornbury spent the next 20 minutes camped in Yate’s half but, from one of Yate’s very few periods of possession a penalty for a high tackle allowed Cannon to extend the lead to 10 points.

Thornbury pressure eventually it took its toll but after they scored an unconverted try, Yate responded immediately from the restart.

Thornbury failed to gather the kick and from the resulting ruck the ball was quickly moved down the line to put Kurtis Moreton with a ‘one on one’ with his opposite number which he did not pass up.

The missed conversion was the end of a hectic first half, with Yate leading 15-5. Craig Archer was yellow carded early in the second half and from the resulting penalty Thornbury scored their second try, converting for 15-12.

The next try again went to Thornbury, who managed to get around the previously solid Yate back line defence. But Yate again responded and Evan Demonick went through a gap near Thornbury’s 22 to score, with Cannon’s conversion making it 22-19.

Two late penalties put Thornbury ahead, before Yate were awarded a kick 35m out, which James Cannon sent straight through the middle of the posts to make it 25-25, on what turned out to be the last play of the game.

Mark Summerville