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Yardleians go through with last kick of the match

SHIRLEY outfit Old Yardleians clinched the Midlands Junior Vase with the last kick of match against Harbury.

SHIRLEY outfit Old Yardleians clinched the Midlands Junior Vase with the last kick of match against Harbury.

The result puts them into the national semi final of the competition where they will face Yorkshire side Baildon.

Against Harbury, Yards started brightly giving the ball plenty of air but the final pass went astray.

Eventually the only try of the game arrived as a Ys back line move, at pace, saw winger James Hendrick dive over to score in the corner. The conversion was missed but a Jake White penalty made it 8-0 at half time.

The second half started in torrential rain and the home side’s kicker potted three penalties to make it 9-8.

As the clock ran down Yards pounded away at the home team’s line without success.

As play entered stoppage time another penalty was awarded to Yards.

Just to add to the pressure on White was told that his kick for goal would be the last play of the match.

Victory or defeat, many of the players as well as many visiting supporters could not bear to watch as White, cool as a cucumber, bisected the uprights, to give Yards victory by 11-9 - letting the celebrations begin.

 

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