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BEVERLEY RUGBY LEAGUE EXCLUSIVE: Blue & Golds bid for National League

Beverley Amateur Rugby League Football Club is bidding to join Rugby League’s National League next season, Beverley FM can exclusively reveal.

The Blue & Golds, currently standing fifth in the Premier Division of the Yorkshire League, are awaiting an inspection visit from RFL officials and, subject to that, hope to gain admission to Division 3 of the National League.

Director of Rugby at Beverley, Pat Howdle, told us: “It would be great for the club and great for the town.

“It would be a big commitment but we know what we want and it’s what we’ve been working towards ever since I came back to the club as coach four seasons ago. We’ve had a good three or four years, finishing in the top four, and now we want to progress to the next level,” he said.

Pat moved up to become Director of Rugby this season, with Hull FC prop forward Scott Taylor coming in as coach. “We’ve got a great set-up here now and a great bunch of lads. Applying to join the National League is the next and logical step to test ourselves against a higher standard,” he said.

“Last year’s Yorkshire League champions, West Bowling, from Bradford, went into Division 3 of the National League this season and they’re currently the league leaders, six points clear of the next placed team, so this move holds no fears for us.”

The National League pyramid has four divisions in total – Premier Division and Divisions 1, 2 and 3 and current division 3 sides include some famous names, including Oldham St Annes, Barrow Island, Gateshead Storm and Dewsbury Celtic.

Pat told Beverley FM: “It would mean a much bigger expenditure on thinks like travel, but we’ve factored all this in and hopefully the inspection of the club and its facilities when the RFL visit for our last home match of the season on September 2nd will mean we have cleared the last big hurdle.

“We regularly get 300 or 400 people watching us at the Leisure Centre and we have a great relationship with the Potting Shed, one of our sponsors. We’ve had a number of fund-raising functions there already and more to come – a charity fund-raiser on Sunday August 27th with live music, for instance, as well as our Sportsman’s Dinner at Lazaat in Cottingham on September 23rd, which features rugby league legend Leon Pryce.

“Everyone at the club has their fingers crossed hoping our application is successful,” said Pat.

* The Blue & Golds are without a fixture this weekend (Saturday August 19th) after opponents Charleston Rovers withdrew from the league. Instead, Director of Rugby Pat Howdle will be coming into the Beverley FM studios for a chat on Saturday Sport. It’s on air from 3pm to 6pm with news from yesterday’s Hull City press conference, updates from today’s City game away at QPR, plus more local sports news.