Yatton 62 - 17 Tor
at Weston-super-Mare RFC, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
YATTON marked their first ever appearance in a Somerset County RFU Vase final by lifting the trophy with a comprehensive victory at Weston-super-Mare RFC over Tribute Somerset Premier league rivals Tor.
County president Des Chalmers presented the match officials with their plagues and the players with their medals before presenting scrum half Toby Payne, the Tor skipper, with the runners-up Vase.
The president also presented Yatton centre Ben Bowyer with the 'Man of the Match' award but the biggest cheer of the evening came when Yatton skipper and lock Nick Wakefield lifted the winner's Vase.
The two sides met in the league just four days prior to the final with Yatton storming to a 54 -15 home league victory to take them ten points clear at the top of the table with four games still to play.
In that match Yatton ran in nine tries, including a brace for Chris Edwards, but they went one better in the final by crossing the whitewash on ten occasions with 'Smeagol' Edwards claiming a hat-trick.
Yatton started strongly with centre Tom Moore breaking down the left touchline before weaving in field to score under the posts. Minutes later Bowyer repeated the move from the other wing for the second try with just five minutes on the clock.
Scum half Charlie Harrison added the extras to both touchdowns before Tor finally broke into the opposition 22. A catch and drive led to prop Dumiso NCube (sic) touching down and fly-half Dan Ferriday adding the conversion.
Yatton added further tries either side of a Ferriday penalty with fly-half Nick Raymond claiming the first and Moore crossing for his second, both converted by Harrison, to give their side a 33-10 half time lead.
The league leaders wasted little time adding to their score with Edwards scoring his second try of the match. But then the pace of the game seemed to slow and it was another twenty minutes before the scoreboard operator was troubled again.
Wakefield crossed the whitewash for Yatton's seventh try, converted by Harrison, before Edwards competed his hat-trick. Lloyd Richardson was unable to converted and them score his next attempt, of flanker Matt Gooding's try, hit the upright.
With the game going into time added-on for wing Jack Burge to cross for Tor's second try, converted by Richardson, before Yatton's Ryder-Smith was yellow carded by Somerset referee Alex Briggs.
Yatton - tries: C Edwards 3, T Moore 2, B Bowyer, N Raymond, N Wakefield, E Ryder-Smith, M Gooding; cons: C Harrison 4, L Richardson.
Tor - tries: D NCube, J Burge; cons: D Ferriday 2; pen: D Ferriday.
Photograph of the victorious team courtesy of Pete Williams (click on the image for a full size version).