Yarnbury 32 Barnsley 7
Yarnbury gave their Yorkshire Division Two promotion push a boost with a comfortable victory at Brownberrie Lane.
Hornets second row James Falgate was given a start while his second team colleagues Alex Clarke and Russ Gomersall were on the bench to cover for Ian Maycock (holiday) and Joe Bennett (ill).
Yarnbury got off to a flying start when stand-off Carl Pater- son fielded a clearance kick and sent winger Chris Flowers racing 40 metres to score the first try after twisting to get the touch- down after being tackled.
Barnsley were defending for their lives as Yarnbury continued to attack through their impressive backs.
Good runs from centre Jason Avison, wing Rob Rigby and centre Stephen Riley were combined with some well-organ- ised defensive work whenever Barnsley threatened.
Barnsley were strong down the middle with their second row pairing of Jordan Wood and Stuart Haynes and back row Dave Reed looking to punch holes in the defensive line.
The tactic was unsuccessful because the Yarnbury pack stood up to the challenge.
They were given a stirring lead by No.8 Jimmy Cryan who was rampaging from rucks and mauls assisted by Tom Gilchrist.
Falgate celebrated his prom- otion to the first team with the second try. Collecting a short ball in the 22-metre area he used his weight and commitment to charge for the line.
He touched down carrying a couple of Barnsley forwards with him.
Yarnbury were made to pay for an indiscretion on their own line. The visitors were awarded a penalty try when back row Joe Isles was impeded chasing a chip through. Centre Josh Smith landed the conversion.
A further kickable penalty was missed by Smith just before the half-time.
Yarnbury weren’t finished and took advantage of a line-out and rolling maul to score a textbook try.
Hooker Gilchrist emerged with the ball to claim the try.
The score gave Yarnbury breathing space for the second half.
The Horsforth side made changes at half time with in-form winger Alex Clark replacing Flowers and Oliver Cashman moving to his scrum half with Stuart Wilson taking over from Lee Mortimer at full back.
Yarnbury were too quick in the backs for the Barnsley back line to handle and good ball from Adam Batson put the young substitute winger away.
Clarke used his pace to beat two defenders and score in the corner.
Although Paterson missed a difficult conversion he landed an easy penalty some moments later when Barnsley were again penalised for holding on in the ruck.
With all the pressure on the Barnsley line Yarnbury could have scored more points with better final passes in the backs, that was a small blemish on an otherwise fine display.
Barnsley were a beaten side by the time Wilson joined the line to touch down late on and Paterson judged the breeze perfectly to convert.
The win pushed third-placed Yarnbury to within two points of the league leaders Hullensians ahead of Saturday’s important visit to second-placed Sheffield Medicals.