Barnsley 31 Yarnbury 10

Yarnbury's opponents Barnsley gave them the walkover in the Yorkshire Silver Trophy last week but they gained revenge at the weekend with a comfortable Yorkshire Division Two win.

The visitors were desperately trying to find a squad to travel due to unavailability and ten changes meant Yarnbury were fighting a rearguard action against a team who are traditionally strong opponents at home.

Nigel Benton and Lee Mortimer formed the centre partnership in the absence of James Endersby and injured captain James White.

Cameron Newby came in at scrum half and Luke Crowley and Graham Maycock on the wings.

The pack showed five changes with hooker Tom Gilchrist having to prop and Paul Kernick and Tom Warriner the second row pairing.

Tom Goldthorpe and George Bowen returned to the back row, alongside experienced temporary captain, Number Eight James Barrett.

The first fifteen minutes saw Yarnbury taking the game to the home side with a long period of keep ball and driving through the middle at the home pack.

Prop John Dodgson and second row Kernick were getting through good work as the ball was constantly recycled both ways but the visitors only had one penalty to show for a lot of physical effort.

Unfortunately for Yarnbury, Barnsley prop Tom Bagnall proved to be a thorn in their side all afternoon.

He carried over three tacklers for the hosts' first try before breaking through the maul for a second. The latter was converted by full back Josh Smith to open up a 12-3 lead.

The right sided combination of full back Josh Bell and winger Luke Cowley were proving threatening for Yarnbury. They opened up Barnsley but Bell could not manage to find Cowley with the final pass.

To compound their misery, Bagnall went over on the left for his third try to give the home side a 19-3 lead at the break.

Yarnbury attempted to play the wide areas after the break but could not break the defence and Barnsley gained increasing confidence from their large amount of possession.

Centre Greg Colbridge burst through a gap in the defence on the left to put the home side further ahead, as Smith converted.

Concerted pressure from the Yarnbury pack, with repeated drives, resulted in wing forward George Bowen claiming the touch down and stand off Danny Pound converting to reduce the scores.

The pack were getting through some really physical work against a bigger Barnsley outfit and although they produced an impressive tackle count, eventually the extra muscle told, and Bagnall crashed over for his fourth try near the end.

Yarnbury will beat better sides this season but will need the return of muscle for the end of year fixtures.