A DEPLETED Yarnbury side won 28-25 in a Yorkshire Two game at Barnsley on Saturday.

Yarnbury had to travel the last Saturday before the festive season to South Yorkshire for this re-arranged fixture, as Barnsley were the victim of incessant rain in October and November.

Both sides were severely depleted with the fixture so close to the festive season.

Yarnbury cobbled a team together for this fixture comprising of young players and older subs, seeing the pack unrecognisable from previous games.

The front row looked stable with Lewis Atha and Kyle Donworth returning alongside hooker Tom Whitfield, but behind them were youngsters Will Cooper in the second row partnering George Bowen, having to move up from his favoured back row position, and in the back row the second team captain and scrum-half Nathan Benton at wing forward,

Ex-junior Rossagh Daly was on the other flank with veteran James Daffern at No 8.

The pack would have to perform to get stable ball for the backs, who had a more familiar look about them with Josh Bell moving in to his favoured position at centre partnering Connor Moreton and Josh Bateson back at full-back and Jack Brown and Tom Bowman on the wings.

The young combination of half-backs Cam Newby and Danny Pound were prominent at the kick-off as Yarnbury moved the ball around the park looking for space to attack the Barnsley line.

Barnsley went ahead through their forwards in the first quarter with two tries while Yarnbury were familiarising themselves with all the changes.

However, with Benton spurring on the young pack Yarnbury came more in to the game, allowing Pound to dictate the play and get the speedy backs moving the ball around the park.

Yarnbury took control and scored two tries through the pace of Bateson, who was a problem for the home side all afternoon.

Daffern followed that up in good No 8 style and with Pound converting to put Yarnbury ahead.

The second half saw Yarnbury put more pressure on the home side as the forwards grew in confidence.

Yarnbury scored further tries through a second Bateson try outflanking the cover and Bell showing the change of pace and dummy to create his own space. Pound converted both to give Yarnbury a much-needed win and bonus Christmas present going in to the break.