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League leaders just too strong for Beverley

BEVERLEY ARLFC 12 – 22 INCE ROSE BRIDGE

The league leaders strolled into town and demonstrated their title credentials. They combined a physical and aggressive defence with an adventurous attack which made the Blue & Golds work hard to stay in touch.

Not too disheartened with the result, Beverley coach Scott Taylor commented: ”In terms of sheer effort and commitment to the cause that’s the best I’ve seen this season, even though we were a little dumb at times.” 

Beverley’s cause was not helped by ankle injuries to Alex Calvert and Peter Starling when just as it seemed they were making inroads. Taylor also added: ”We need to get back on the horse for next week as it’s Clock Face at home and we need to make amends for our trip there earlier in the season, which was our most disappointing showing of the season.”     

The visitors seized the initiative very early on, racing to a 12-0 lead inside 12 minutes, courtesy of touchdowns from Dan Cassidy and Brad Smith, converted by Cassidy.

Cassidy also added a further two penalties for a 16-0 lead with a little over 20 minutes on the clock.

The penalty count weighed in the visitors’ favour as they got the better of the sometimes feisty early exchanges.  But warming to the task, the home side hit back on the half-hour mark. A clever reverse pass from Alex Calvert sent Peter Starling over for Lewis Straw to convert.

The pair shortly limped off with injuries. Further forays into the visiting 20 metre zone were well defended as the half-time whistle beckoned.     

Still 16-6 down, the hosts pressed early in the second half. A towering bomb was fumbled, with the ensuing repeat set seeing Joe Morley win a penalty as he sustained a bad tackle. He got over the line in the next set, only for the opposition to drag him over the dead ball line. Similarly, in another attack, Will Wallis was unlucky to be held up over the line.    

Slightly against the run of play, Gaz Jones crossed for the visitors, converted by Cassidy, in the 55th minute to make it an uphill task for Beverley. But they were not about to lie down.

Mid-way through the half, Joe Morley broke clear, only to see his long pass fail to go to a hand and bounce into touch.

After 70 minutes a kick ahead was well chased by the pacy Lewis Miller. A line drop-out was forced and a powerful run from Ash Shaw saw him win a penalty for a ball steal.  The resulting extra set saw Lewis Poskitt show a taste of what he is capable of when dummying and shimmying his way to a try.

Straw converted and Beverley continued to look for more with time running out. Beverley’s man of the match was Steve Connolly, who alongside Ash Shaw certainly were certainly prepared to step up to the plate when the going was tough.