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Victory is a breeze for Yarnbury
8:45am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
Buy this photo » Yarnbury winger Michael Blakely is halted by a flying tackle from Baildon centre Hayden Lister during his side’s 40-24 Yorkshire Shield win at Jenny Lane
Baildon 24 Yarnbury 40
Yarnbury’s squad were given a good work out as they defeated newly-promoted Baildon in their first round Yorkshire Shield tie at Jenny Lane.
The cup scenario is important this season as Yarnbury could well be the highest ranked team in the National Senior Vase.
The final is played at Twickenham where Baildon have appeared for the past two years in the Junior Vase .
Yarnbury had the breeze helping them in the first half and like the wind threatened to blow away their opponents with their attacking play in the first quarter.
With stand off Carl Paterson in commanding form Yarnbury were able to take advantage of the possession being won by their pack.
The back row of Joe Bennett, James Barrett and Adam Batson caught the eye.
Full back Stuart Wilson came into the line at the right time to score a try on the right which was converted with confidence by Paterson.
The second try was scored on the opposite wing. Chris Flowers, who was badly injured last season, marked his welcome return by scooping up a sliced kick from Paterson and scampering in down the left wing. Paterson again converted.
Centre Jason Avison then beat the Baildon defence for pace to score on the third Yarnbury try with Paterson adding the extras.
Avison scored his second try soon after from a dropped ball in the centre of the park which he scooped up and raced to the line.
In 20 minutes of superb rugby Yarnbury had taken the game away from Baildon.
To their nothing if not resilient and stand off Nick Lister sold a dummy and burst the defensive line before giving a scoring pass to full back Jarrod Huss who also converted.
Yarnbury swapped their team around at the interval and the game became more of an even contest.
Yarnbury had to pay more attention to defensive duties as they played into the stiffening breeze.
Baildon found space out wide on the left for captain Johnny Picken to score and then wing forward Danny Pollard got over from close in.
Huss converted both tries only for Yarnbury to go upfield with good interpassing between the forwards for back row Barrett to score a try which Paterson again converted.
Paterson then showed the ball and dummied and used his power to score to the left of the posts beating three men off on his way to the line and brought up the 40-point mark with the conversion and was rightly given the man of the match accolade.
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