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Yarnbury boost promotion push
6:00am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
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Yarnbury 16 West Park 3
Yarnbury had to shuffle their resources once again as they defeated their close neighbours to maintain their promotion push.
They were without winger Rob Rigby (concussion) and second row Ian Maycock (ankle) through injury while centre Jason Avison was getting married Stephen Riley took over at centre for Avison, James Felgate deputised for Maycock and Alex Clarke came in on the wing.
West Park were forced to defend vigorously on their line early on but the many drives by the Yarnbury forwards were stopped and eventually a knock on eased the pressure.
West Park then came back to attack the Yarnbury line but the defence held firm.
Winger Stuart Wilson was forced to leave the field injured so former captain Ben Horner went on to play his first game this season on the left wing.
With his first touch of the ball he finished off a sweeping backs move across the field to score a try in the corner.
Riley took a basketball pass from second row Felgate to give Horner the touch down.
Yarnbury continued to press the line but found opportunities hard to come by due to West Park’s determination in defence.
Fortunately, Yarnbury pressure told on West Park at a five-metre line-out.
The ball was palmed back to winger Alastair Booth who cleared with a high kick but the ball ballooned upwards only to land in the capable hands of wing forward Joe Bennett and he only needed to touch down for a try. Again David Jones missed the conversion.
In the second half centre Riley made several clean breaks but he needed closer support.
Winger Lee Mortimer made good ground as the backs looked for further opportunities to add to the score but without success.
Mortimer also showed his defensive qualities by stopping the dangerous Booth when the winger was put clear.
Yarnbury’s only scores of the second half came from two penalties from Jones.
Simon Towler scored Park’s only points just after the break.
The Yarnbury front row of Richard Lister, Tom Gilchrist and Andy Butterfield coped well with their opposite numbers and No. 8 Jimmy Cryan and wing forwards Bennett and Longstaff pushed Riley for the man of the match accolade.
West Park 2nds beat Yarnbury 26-0 in their Yorkshire Merit Table encounter.