Yorkshire Division Two: Yarnbury 62 Roundhegians 12

YARNBURY, bidding to regain top spot which had been there's for most of September, were more mindful of their discipline last weekend after giving away so many penalties the previous Saturday in the 20-20 draw at Barnsley.

They would have to do it with further changes, however, with Lee Mortimer coming in on the left wing and George Bowen replacing the injured Ian Maycock in the back row.

Meanwhile, Martin Rainey moved to the middle of the back row to accommodate the returning Calum Fawcett.

Yarnbury were on top from the start but took several wrong options, lost a five-metre line-out and were also stopped from scoring by a determined Roundhegians defence.

The first try came on ten minutes, with a quick ball out wide to right winger Josh Bateson, who scooped up a low pass to score from close in, with stand off Jarrod Huss converting well from the touchline.

He then increased the lead with a penalty from in front of the posts for an offside decision, and then Bateson scored again with a long-range solo effort after gathering a defensive kick in his own half before beating a series of defenders on his way to the posts, with Huss again converting.

Roundhegians were finding it difficult to repel Yarnbury's pressure but had a good attacking spell, with No 8 Dave Wilson taking a final pass to crash over out left for an unconverted try.

This showed the hosts that they still to focus, and captain Jason Avison provided a shining example, running a superb line onto a Connor Moreton pass to score close in.

Huss converted, and wing forward Bowen completed the first-half scoring by charging half the length of the field for a try from a controlled scrummage.

Leading 24-10 at the interval, Yarnbury took only five minutes of the second half to add to their tally, with Avison being too strong again and Huss converting.

Fawcett got into the act from pack pressure and a final pass from the strong run of Martin Rainey, both converted by Huss, before final tries from Rainey and winger George Oldridge. Roundhegians kept working and scored a second try from second row Andrew Mulligan, converted by stand off Gavin McMurty.

This was an impressive display by a Yarnbury side well led by Avison, who scored a hat-trick of tries, and will give them confidence to go on.

Their experience of Yorkshire One from last season and the strength in depth in putting out four league sides weekly is beginning to show to their advantage as the season unfolds.