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Local football: Beverley sign off in fine style

Beverley Town 1 – 0 Sculcoates Amateurs (Tuesday April 24)

Beverley ended their Humber Premier League season in fine style,  securing a 1-0 win over fourth-placed Sculcoates Amateurs. It’s been an eight game unbeaten run, which currently leaves Town in second spot behind runaway league leaders Chalk Lane.

Conditions were wet, but the pitch was in good condition and both teams looked to get the ball down and play.

Town started well, passing the ball around nicely and looking to get wide. And it took only nine minutes for them to go ahead, when Craig Muirhead was clumsily tripped by the Scullys keeper in the box. He picked himself up and rifled home to make it 1-0 to Town.

Both teams created chances, but Town looked the more likely team to score again. Alex Stark went close on a couple of occasions and Nathan White shot just wide after a good move through the middle. Niall Ringrose used his pace well on a number of occasions to take on Scullys full back, but the final finishing touch wouldn’t come.

Half time 1-0

The second half started in the same vein; some good passing on show in deteriorating conditions. Joe Norton on Town’s left flank had two good efforts on goal and Kegan Rose was shooting on sight in an attempt to get his first goal of the season.

Scullys however were always dangerous at 1-0 down and keeper Matty Spencer had to pull off a couple of fine saves to keep Town ahead.

With three minutes to go Scullys piled on the pressure. Firstly a shot on goal from a free-kick was blocked by the wall, then with the last kick of the game Scullys broke through on goal. Keeper Spencer came out to deal with the shot and got a strong hand to tip the ball just over the bar and away to safety. From the resulting corner the referee blew his whistle and the game ended 1-0 to Town.

It leaves Beverley on 46 points, with fourth place at worst secured in what has been a very positive season. The majority of home games have had to be played at Hutton Cranswick while Town’s Norwood pitch has undegone major improvement work.

Chasing teams Pocklington (currently third) and Sculcoates both still have three games to play and could overtake Beverley. Pocklington would have to win at least two of them and Sculcoates all three.

Manager Rich Jagger told us: “I am really pleased that we finished the season with a win, and also a run of eight games unbeaten. The lads have been fantastic this season; we started slowly, but since October we have only lost three league games and really found our rhythm.

“We will finish 4th at worse, which (apart from when we won the league) is our highest league finish. We will have a good couple of months rest and come back looking to challenge next season.”

  • Congratulations, too, to Beverley Town U17s who won the Hull & District Youth Football League Knockout Cup Final at the weekend, beating Westella and Willerby U17s 2-0.