UTTOXETER 7 OLD YARDLEIANS 30
UTTOXETER crashed out of the RFU Junior Vase after losing their Midlands quarter-final to Old Yardleians at Oldfields.
The town side produced a much improved display but were let down by poor kicking.
Director of Rugby Donald Hayes said: “We performed as well as we have done at any point in this campaign so far. It was a big improvement on our last game against Barton.
“Old Yardlieans played an excellent kicking game, which we have never come across before and we were punished for our inexperience of this.
“The visitors capitalised on our mistakes but could not make the most of theirs.
“We were awarded 24 penalties through the match and got no points from them whereas Yardleians were awarded 14 penalties and got 18 points from them."
The visitors took the lead with a welltaken penalty after six minutes and extended it five minutes later with another long-range penalty.
Uttoxeter continued to play positively but Old Yards responded with a period of pressure to set up a driving maul to the line.
Despite some big hits from match day captain Steve Woolley and Dan Meads, the visitors worked their way over the line and touched down for an unconverted try.
Yardleians conceded a penalty and Uttoxeter opted for posts, but Lewis Bain’s effort dropped short after 22 minutes played.
Bain had another opportunity to gain points with a penalty but again he was off target.
Yardleians extended their lead to 14 points after 32 minutes when their kicker knocked over his third penalty of the afternoon and it was becoming more obvious that Uttoxeter would be quickly punished for their errors.
Before the half was over, Uttoxeter missed another penalty attempt, winger Aaron Lakin’s effort this time dropping under the crossbar to leave them 14-0 in arrears.
Uttoxeter made a bright start to the second half and pegged Old Yards into their own 22.
The visitors attempted the clearance but Ben Gallimore was on hand to return the ball upfield.
As the pressure began to tell, Andy Todd repeatedly took quick taps to take play on and a further penalty gave and Uttoxeter kicked into the corner giving them a lineout inside the opposition’s 22.
Bruce Mustard set up a maul and Todd then moved the ball out to Bain, who in turn slipped it inside to Pete Allen and the powerful flanker crashed through three tacklers before being brought down over the line to touch down to the left of the posts.
Williams took up kicking duties and converted to half the visitors’ lead after 50 minutes.
Both sides enjoyed phases of pressure but again the visitors kept the scoreboard ticking over as further penalty was slotted over.
Old Yardleians then had a forward sinbinned for a high tackle and Williams had the opportunity to cancel out a previous penalty by the visitors, but this time he was off target with 65 minutes played.
A further two penalties gave the visitors a 23-7 lead and they sealed victory with a great try in the 77th minute.