YARNBURY suffered a heavy 35-15 home defeat to Roundhegians in Yorkshire Two, with the game almost in the bag for the visitors by half-time.

The hosts were missing the pace of the injured Josh Bateson but replacement winger Alfie Evans was a more than capable debutant, scoring one of his side's two tries.

League leaders Roundhegians came away with five, though the result did not indicate how close a contest the game actually was.

The first exchanges were fairly even, but after 10 minutes, Roundhegians stand off James Dobson dummied and used his bulk to go over, with full back Dave Jones converting.

Yarnbury responded well and Evans, denied after a good run down the left, made no mistake with his next opportunity, outstripping the cover to score an unconverted try.

Dave Gregory was sin binned for Roundhegians on 22 minutes for a high tackle but Yarnbury could not convert pressure into points and Roundhegians took the chance to score next.

Henry Wareham charged down full back George Oldridge's kick to go over, with Jones again converting.

Then, after sustained Yarnbury pressure, Roundhegians counter attacked and winger Elliot Jackson scored on the right. Jones converted to give the visitors a healthy lead at the break of 21-5.

Yarnbury's substitute scrum half Daniel Pound was the quickest to react from a tap penalty to go over soon after the turn around for an unconverted try but his side could not convert further good opportunities down the flanks from Evans and Josh Bell.

Roundhegians back row Gregory punished the home side, intercepting a pass from a Yarnbury line out to go over under the posts. Jones converted to stretch the away side's lead

Oldridge got on the scoresheet late on following a charge down as Yarnbury once again put pressure on their opponents, but they lost the ball at the death trying to create an opening for their fourth try, in a vain attempt to get a losing bonus point.

Even this came to nothing as substitute centre Euan Cameron scored from close in, with Jones converting yet again.

There were small margins between the teams, but Roundhegians simply took what was on offer and Yarnbury did not.