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BEVERLEY RUGBY LEAGUE: Sensational stuff from Blue & Golds
The blue and golds produced arguably a season’s best on their travels on Saturday (August 12th). The scoreline would appear a little deceiving, as the visitors had to defend for long periods close to their own line as the home side’s offload game looked a constant threat. However, when try scoring opportunities came their way Beverley finished in clinical style. Indeed, three of Beverley’s six tries were spectacular efforts.
Beverley welcomed back Lewis Straw into the half backs to resume his partnership with Lewis Poskitt and also Tom Moor on to the bench, returning from military service in the Falkland Islands – the former landing eight goals from eight attempts and the latter looking vey lively in the dummy half position.
The visitors got off to a dream start with Lewis Poskitt’s fifth minute try. Poskitt sold an absolutely outrageous dummy to dart away from half way and then sold another dummy to the opposing full back to score beneath the posts. Straw converting. Shortly after, the home side responded in attack, forcing a line drop-out but Beverley’s goal line defence held up.
Looking lively in attack at his stage, the home side again threatened. A kick on the last fumbled by Beverley. The hosts took the ball from the resulting scrum but a wild pass was intercepted by Lewis Straw who looked to be in the clear. He was ruled to be offside at the scrum and a penalty to Queensbury gave them yet more dangerous possession in the Beverley 20 with more repeat sets. The visitors defence again was outstanding.
In a venture up-field, Beverley were awarded a penalty for obstruction, of which Straw duly elected to go for goal and tacked on the two points. Moments later Straw was instrumental in sending Jack Humphries away, only for him to be held up just short. In the next play Lewis Poskitt forced his way over from close range. With extras added the lead was extended to 14-0.
Right on the stroke of half time, Tom Moor darted away from dummy half to draw the full back and send Ryan Watkin over. The conversion went over for a 20-0 interval lead.
The home side soon demonstrated their unwillingness to roll over, despite the hill they had to climb. Scrum half Ethan Sharp replied with a try for them just two minutes into the second half with extras added. They threatened further points but again Beverley’s defence was solid. The visitors struck a crucial blow in the 53rd minute with a glorious try. In one of his many strong carries, Jack Howdle slipped a pass away to Alex Calvert who in turn fed Lewis Straw, who found full back Billy Riby backing up on the inside to score. The quick-fire support play was a delight.
Despite a sin-binning for Queensbury they did manage to pull back a try in the shape of Josh Bulger. This did not phase the visitors, who went on the attack again. After a few sets in which the ball was given plenty of air, Jack Howdle forced his way over. The conversion was tacked on and another sensational try soon followed. The outstanding player of the match, Jack Howdle, slipped a pass to Bobby Howdle who kicked ahead for Billy Riby to chase and re-gather. Riby’s pace did the rest. Straw converted and slotted over a further penalty in the dying minutes to complete the afternoon’s scoring.
This Saturday, Beverley were due to visit Sharlston Rovers. However the West Riding outfit have announced their withdrawal from the Yorkshire Men’s League, of which they have struggled, after being one of the top sides in it last season. Their matches will be expunged from league records, including Beverley’s 44-12 victory against them earlier in the campaign. They will be returning to Winter rugby in the Pennine League, which has been very much against the trend in recent years and is a disappointment for Beverley, who have thrown their full commitment behind the competition in the past three years.
The club’s only action this Saturday will be the ‘A’ team, who will travel to York to play New Earswick, kick-off 2.30pm.