YARNBURY were missing influential prop Lewis Atha for this difficult clash with Northallerton in Yorkshire Two, but they overcame that adversity to win a thriller 21-20, secured by George Oldridge's last-gasp penalty.

Hosts Yarnbury lost back row George Bowen after just four minutes but it did not affect them, as they stunned their North Yorkshire opponents with two quickfire tries.

Firstly, stand off Oldridge backed up centres James White and Alfie Evans, before taking a return from winger Josh Bell to score out wide.

Then, the pace of Josh Bateson down the right allowed full back Jack Brown to take inside ball to score and give Yarnbury a 10-0 lead, with a wayward Oldridge missing both conversions.

Mike Argo clawed back a penalty for Northallerton on 25 minutes, followed by their substitute back Ken Morrison going over following good work by the forwards.

Argo duly converted to tie the scores at 10-10 going into the interval.

After the restart, on 42 minutes, second row Tom Goldthorpe backed up a counter from Bateson to score, but Oldridge's long distance conversion hit the upright.

From a five-metre lineout, Northallerton equalised, with captain Ian Swall going over after a rolling maul.

The conversion sailed wide of the posts, before Oldridge put Yarnbury back in front at 18-15 after the opponents infringed on the floor.

Another rolling maul score put the visitors 20-18 ahead but, with the last play, Yarnbury clawed their way back up the field, and kicked for a lineout in the corner after several Northallerton infringements.

The visitors were then penalised for a trip close in, with Oldridge converting the penalty to steal the win.

Yarnbury will need to regroup, bulk up the pack and re-organise the backs after this physical encounter for the trip to Barnsley next week.