The club house reminded me of our old facilities on Brinkburn being a series of portacabins put to good use.
I was met by club president Steve Passman and Chairman Gary West. The first thing that struck me was the posters on the walls advertising the various fund raising events that came under the banner of the chairman’s challenge. The next event being members of the club being sponsored to take the Lyke Wake Walk.
Yarm are only fielding one senior team at present, but with a strong colts side due to qualify for senior rugby they are hopeful of turning out two senior sides next season.
The opposition on the day was Wallsend. Yarm were third in N&D three and Wallsend forth, so an evenly contest match was anticipated and so it proved to be.
Wallsend took an early lead with a penalty only for Yarm to hit back with a converted try. Wallsend regained the lead shortly before halftime with an unconverted try from a driving maul. In the second half Wallsend extended their lead with two further unconverted tries.
Yarm finished the stronger of the two sides and scored a converted try to close the score to 14 – 18. Despite Yarm efforts Wallsend were able to prevent any further score and Yarm had to settle for a losing bonus point.
Back in the club house the Yarm players were coming from the changing rooms carrying Easter Eggs.
I was told that this was this week captain’s pick. Each week the captain nominates an object to be brought by the players. Failure to do so results in a fine which goes into the end of season tour fund.
Steve Passman feels that the club is in good shape at present with a strong junior section and the colts to strengthen the senior squad next season. A high place finish in N&D three will be a good result for this season as he does not feel that they equipped to compete at the level above at present.