Beverley ARLFC 4-29 Heworth
This will rank as Beverley’s most disappointing performance of the 4 league fixtures played thus far. A Heworth outfit hellbent on ambition to be York’s leading amateur rugby league team dominated possession and territory throughout. Beverley struggled to take what few opportunities they did have in attack. Coach Tony Spence, attempting to draw positives from the afternoon said ” The amount of defending we had to do the score would normally have been far higher than 29-4. It demonstrates how far we have come that we can defend that many repeat sets without being routed. We don’t go away with our heads down and we think about Dudley Hill away in a fortnight.”
The early moments of the game showed little of what was to come. After 4 minutes Lewis Poskitt scythed through the opposition’s defence to break clear and send the supporting Lewis Miller over in the 4th minute. The extras were not added. Pressure and repeat sets then followed for the visitors culminating in Danny Allen stroking over a penalty goal in the 18th minute. A try then followed for Liam Richmond again converted by Allen. Allen was man of the match for the visitors with his place kicking and kicking in general play proving to be the difference between the sides. He added 2 further penalty goals and a drop-goal to send Heworth 13-4 up at the break.
Very shortly after the break, Harry Moreland added a try converted by Allen to make the score 19-4. There were some brave efforts in the forwards for Beverley taking the ball in. Dan Smart was awarded Beverley’s man of the match for his efforts in this area. For the backs, Billy Riby did produce some brave tackles to save tries. Half-backs Straw and Poskitt found the opposition difficult to break down. They often had to resort to short kicks in an attempt to create chances. Once such kick on the hour mark did almost bear fruit for Josh Poskitt who went very close to regathering and touching down. The amount of defending Beverley had to do took its toll in the last 10 minutes. In the 70th minutes, Lewis Minniken touched down followed by Frazer West crossing for the visitors. Allen converted the Minniken try. The Blue and Golds now have a fortnight off to regroup when they travel to Bradford to take on Dudley Hill in a cross-league fixture.
Beverley 4 (4)
Heworth 29 (13)
Tries: Richmond, Moreland, Minniken, West. Goals: Allen 6. Drop Goal: Allen.
Report by Nick Robinson. (www.beverleyarlfc.co.uk/)
Published – 13th May 2021