TECH 7-27 Yarm

By JGD - September 26 2016
TECH 7-27 Yarm TECH played host to Yarm last Saturday as they continued their Durham/N’Land Division 3 campaign. Unfortunately once again, despite having periods of good possession they were unable to make it count as they let a number of scoring opportunities slip away. By comparison the visitors made the most of their chances to record a deserved victory. Despite the loss their were a number of positives to take from the game as the players look to get back to winning ways.

TECH 7 – 27 YARM

TECH started the game playing towards the Jesmond Gardens end with the strong diagonal wind in their favour. The hosts started brightly with their pressure earning them a number of penalties which they used to take play deep into visiting territory. Unfortunately they could not make the most of their good positions allowing Yarm to keep their line intact before using their backs to good effect to build their own attacks.

After 32 minutes TECH took the lead. Some good handling by the home backs saw the ball moved to Richard FOSTER who forced his way over for a try which was converted by Marcus LLOYD. Unfortunately having taken the lead TECH let their concentration slip and within 5 minutes Yarm levelled the score with a try which game following a maul in the TECH 22. TECH still had a chance to regain the lead when Yarm knocked on when trying to catch the kick off. The home side won the scrum and took play deep into the visitors 22 but then poor handling saw them lose possession allowing Yarm to clear.

In the 2nd period TECH were disrupted through a number of injuries and though they kept battling the visitors made good use of the elements to keep them pegged back in their own half for long periods. With 9 minutes of the half gone Yarm took the lead following a scrum. A knock on as the number 8 picked up unfortunately went unseen by referee English and the visitors made the most of their good fortune as they scored an unconverted try.

Despite the visitors going on to score another 3 tries things weren’t as one sided as the score may suggest as on a further two occasions TECH built up good pressure only to throw away two tries as they knocked the ball on as they were about to cross the line.

Despite this loss, after a disrupted week TECH can take a number of positives from the game especially the form shown by Marcus LLOYD who had a fine game in all aspects.  Although in the second period their line out was not functioning they still gained plenty of possession in other periods of play and created scoring chances that they would normally expect to take. With a positive attitude once again to the fore in training, and the players working hard hopefully this will lead to a deserved upturn in their fortunes in the games to come.