Old Yardleians RFC: Club News


Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:00


With local bragging rights at stake, games against our neighbours are never easy and this most recent one fits that pattern. The alternative to sitting in front of a T.V. screen watching England throw away a lead against the All Blacks was to stand on a touchline getting cold and wet but supporting your team. 

As a North Mids Cup or Vase, or Jug or bucket game the Eds were drawn at home but pitch conditions resulted in a reversal with a change in venue to the Tilehouse Arena.

Life was not easy for our young lady referee but with experience I feel that she should climb the ladder in the refereeing world. 
Spectators from both clubs were disappointed by the numerous handbagging incidents which mostly took place off the ball.

The game itself was mainly dominated by the powerful yards pack with the Yards scrum winning set piece ball with ease and with the return of our Hurling GAA man, the line outs were equally comfortable.With Fitz the younger looking dangerous with his sniping runs a comfortable victory looked likely but as I suggested earlier, the Eds do not give up easilly and they began to look dangerous in attack and with their defence becoming tighter, a difficult final 15 minutes caused plenty of anxiety for the home supporters,

A final score of 14 points to 8  in favour of the yards was probably about right, but credit to the Eds for not caving in and also to our referee, ( no sexist remarks) who showed considerable fitness in terms of the amount of pitch coverage.

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