Chew Valley move to second place in rugby's Western Counties North

By Andrew Tanner in Rugby

Chew Valley kept up their challenge at the top of Western Counties North with a bonus point away win at Yatton.

On a bright sunny day with a variable breeze blowing up the slope and conditions underfoot perfect, the game never caught fire despite both sides seeking to put width on the ball as the whistle dominated.

Chew Valley scored first after centre Joe Cowell gathered Tom Bryan’s kickoff and after four phases Luke Sparkes Brown scored a try only for Cowell to fluff an easy conversion as the kick was charged down.

Bryan ghosted through a gap, out wide for the visitors second after ten minutes and several other chances went begging as first Marcus Adams at scrum half then Joe Webb, on for Cowell who took a knock to the head made telling breaks only to fall foul of the referree close to the line.

A length of the field move started by a Charles Shallcross break in midfield ended in a penalty and yellow card for winger Peter Quinn for holdimg on. Skipper Alex Cox opted for the scrum and from hos position at No 8 had the strength to,pick ip and drive over dor the try. Bryan converted. Yatton had plenty of possesion but their handling in midfield let them down.

The Yatton driving maul was effective close in toward the end of the half although disrupted by second row Ross Elliott coming through the middle to get hands on the ball. When Elliott repeated the trick on the last play of the half he was sent to the bin and No 8 Ed Ryder crashed over after a quick tap penalty. Outside half Jack Edwards converted.

The try bonus point was secured when prop Will Keel made 30 metres only to be caught close to the line, from the resultant ruck Dan Gatton at outside half scored with a show and go which wrongfooted the defence and he was under the posts, Bryan converted.

Yatton were penned in their own half dor much of the rest of the game being forced fo attack from deep. The last play saw Tom Bryan strike a penalty from the home 10 metre line.

Yatton 7 Chew Valley 27

This result keeps Chew Valley in second place by one point with Coney Hill comng to Lobbngtons next weekend in front of what should be a big crowd with the annual former players reunion taking place from 1pm.

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