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Even trademark Yarnbury moves come to nothing in derby setback
Moortown 18, Yarnbury 8
Yarnbury were stretched for this SSE Yorkshire Division Two game, with injuries incurred in the first two league victories meaning five enforced changes to the squad that defeated Leos.
Notably, Stephen Riley came back to help out at inside centre, and hooker Adam Gilcrist moved to wing forward to accomodate Chris Doyle in the front row, while Alex Clarke was a late call-up on the wing for the injured Chris Flowers.
The bench was changed completely, with Russ Gomersall and Guy Hawkridge the forward replacements, and Danny Pound, on his 21st birthday, the backs replacement.
Yarnbury were immediately on the defensive from the kick-off by dropping the ball but managed to drive Moortown backwards at the first scrum and it seemed all would be well as the Horsforth side had left their opponents pointless home and away for the last four years.
However, nothing came of several attacks early on and Moortown converted a penalty by scrum half Jack Oates after 20 uneventful minutes.
Yarnbury went back upfield and, from a ruck close in, Tom Gilchrist dummied and dived over close in but fly half Stuart Wilson missed an easy kick.
Yarnbury were not completing moves for the rest of the half, and Moortown charged down the blindside for No 8 Simon Steneborg to crash over minutes before the break, Jack Oates taking his time while making sure of the conver-sion to give Moortown a 10-8 half-time lead.
Yarnbury coach Bob Hood gave a direct and transparent talk to his team but dropped passes and missed kicks to touch for penalties, on numerous occasions, gave the man of the match, Moortown full back Dominic Gray, the opportunity to gather aimless kicks and return upfield with his lively sprints to set up Moortown attacks.
Yarnbury even were repelled from their trademark catch-and-drive penalties and, to rub salt in the wounds, Moortown increased their lead with a pushover try, and made sure the visitors got nothing with a late Mark Verity penalty after several backs moves instigated by Riley came to nothing.
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