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Beverley show their dominance


In the first of three successive home games, the Blue & Golds bounced back from the previous weekend’s defeat at Bradford Dudley Hill to beat a struggling Askham side on Saturday (June 22) to keep their top six play-off hopes very much alive.

Next week’s opponents Hull Dockers enjoyed a crushing 60-6 win against East Leeds to set up a tasty derby at the Leisure  Centre, which could be pivotal in either side’s season.

In charge for the day, Beverley’s assistant coach Tony Spence told us: ”The game, although a little scrappy at times with the referee blowing up for forward passes so often, was played in a good spirit and we showed just what we are capable of in patches.”      

The early moments of the game saw Beverley looking to ruthlessly dispatch  their visitors from Cumbria. Inside five minutes, Alex Starling had crossed for a try and had a hand in a second, alongside Lewis Straw, which saw  Lewis Poskitt race away to score from his unaccustomed full-back role.

Askham were plucky opponents, who have suffered player losses to League One sides such as Workington and Whitehaven and they demonstrated the depth of their club by refusing to lie down.

Dale Lambton replied with a try for Askam after 17, minutes converted by Brad Jackson, but it proved to be their only score.

Beverley had numerous dangerous attacks in the remainder of the half, but on two occasions were pulled back for forward passes which perhaps would have been missed on another day. Towards the end of the half Askam showed some enterprising play as they kicked downfield and a good chase saw them regain possession.

Ben Naylor was then sin-binned for a professional foul as he laid on too long at the play the ball after 37 minutes. The extra set was well defended.

The hosts made light of their numerical disadvantage as Bobby Downs, impressive on his return, jinked away and then got a pass away to send Tom Moor over. Straw converted for a 16-6 interval lead.    

The early moments of the second half saw the Cumbrians enjoy some territorial advantage. A number of sets close to the Beverley line were well defended and had to be, as the home side twice coughed up possession early in the tackle count, as they attempted to clear their line.    

After 52 minutes, Beverley got a crucial score. Sweet handling to the right, direct from a scrum, saw the ball shipped to the right to Lewis Miller, whose pace did the rest to escape the chasing cover and score wide out. This time Josh Poskitt converted from the touchline.     

After 57 minutes and a game played otherwise in a good spirits boiled over as a scuffle ensued. Bobby Howdle, who took the home side man of the match, and Grady Slater, from Askam, were sin-binned, which had the desired effect of cooling things down.      

After 60 minutes, some more sweet handling, this time to the left, saw Sam Brown dive over in the corner. Straw converted.

After the occasional foray from the visitors, the home side went close  to adding to  their tally. Jordan Precious almost turned back the clock,with a show and go, which saw him streak away, only for his pass to the supporting Lewis Poskitt go to ground.    

All in all it was a satisfying afternoon as a large crowd basked in the sun and watched the Academy side win a curtain raiser, earlier, against Goole Vikings ‘A’.