Stroud Lose in High Scoring, Entertaining Match
regrouping and ready for the fight ahead
Stroud started strongly, going through about ten phases and a score seemed imminent. A mistake near the Yatton line however, saw the home side race away and score beneath the posts writes Sean Moore.
Within ten minutes the score was 21-0 and from then on it was catch-up with Stroud being two scores behind for most of the game. The reason was fairly clear to see: The Yatton forwards were very big and fast and they had an outstanding no. 8 who, time and again, made big dents in the Stroud defence. Their threes ran the ball at every opportunity and their wingers were excellent finishers. Stroud tackling was obviously put to the test and they did well in this department although there were bouts of fragility.
Stroud gained a bonus point with their five tries and all of them were well contrived and showed what Stroud could do when they had the ball. Their first score came after good inside back play forged an overlap for winger Jack Young who sped rapidly down the touchline to gain an excellent try. Skipper Joe Hoyle claimed the next after he beat the opposition from a scrum and ran strongly to score from twenty metres out. The other first half score came when, from a set piece in the Yatton 22, the alert Dan Gordon rifled a long kick across field which was neatly caught by Sam Hester who only had to touch down to score. Hester converted four of the five tries.
In the second half Stroud’s forwards began to regain some parity and a concerted forward drive saw Mark Phillips being driven over the line. The final score followed a brave counter attack involving hard running and deft passing with the ever alert and supporting skipper Hoyle taking the final pass and haring thirty metres to the line.
Stroud have lost several key players this season but they are regrouping and ready for the fight ahead.
Thank you has to go to Yatton Rugby club for the great hospitality we received.