NOT for the first time this season YMCA pulled the rabbit out of the hat to achieve a narrow 17-15 victory over a spirited Roundhegians outfit In Yorkshire II.
The difference between the two teams was essentially the home side, while not overflowing with stars played as a team, while the YM, with more able players, tried to do too much individually and as a result lacked cohesion.
Simon Wilson prised open the home defence early in the game, and after the backs and forwards combined, Steve Dyke scored in the corner with James Swift adding the conversions, after having earlier missed a couple of penalty shots.
Roundhegians prop Jonny Dobson forced his way over out wide for the home side’s opening score, but from the re-start, YM full-back Nicky Clarke picked up a loose ball inside his own half was off like a shot after seeing a hole open in up in defence.
Having created the initial momentum he passed to the supported Adam Ryder, who took the ball out wide, brushed off two defenders in the process and scored in the right corner.
Although Swift couldn’t manage the conversion it look as though YM had broken the deadlock, going in 12-5 ahead at the break.
From the restart, Steve Dyke was yelllow-carded for interference and Jones took the three points, and then added the extras to a Kyle Sutcliffe try which gave Roundhegians the lead for the first time in the game.
In the last 20 minutes YM’s forwards began to drive on and finally Mark Whitehead claimed a try in the far corner to reclaim the lead and the victory.
It was nip and tuck in the final minutes, but the visitors held on for the all-important points.
YMCA: Clarke (Dickenson); Beever, Morton, Ryder, Shaw; Swift, Wilson, Steve Dyke, Stuart Dyke; Sanderson, Housley (Bell), Walker, Leonne-Mazza, Pollock (Hill), Whitehead.