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LOCAL RUGBY LEAGUE: Another emphatic win – and Beverley get the trophy!

Beverley coach Scott Taylor (centre) with the trophy and some of the victorious Beverley players after Saturday’s win

BEVERLEY 40 – 6 DEWSBURY CELTIC (Saturday August 4)

This was as much about the day as it was the performance. A bumper crowd basqued in the sunshine for this televised clash. The Rugby AM commentary team were hugely impressed with the match-day experience and at the end of the match, NCL chairman Trevor Hunt presented joint captains Jack Howdle and Lewis Poskitt with the Division 3 trophy.

Interviewed by Alex Simmons, Scott Taylor commented: ”Going into this league for the first time we didn’t know what to expect but it’s been a real team effort and the players have really bought into it.”

The official man of the match as chosen by Willie Poching of the television commentary team was Alex Starling. Starling will be taking up a job in the Leeds area next year and will be missed.

This was another of those games where the opposition contributed much, but Beverley had simply had too many match-winners on the park. The visitors certainly looked like they wanted to spoil the party in the early minutes – a  40/20 kick gave them a dangerous attacking set but was well defended by the hosts.

In the 10th minute, Beverley settled themselves down when Lewis Pokitt’s cross-field kick saw Josh Poskitt leap to score in the corner and convert.

Five minutes later, recent signing Bobby Downs decided to take on the Celtic defence to jink his way over for a try. The extras were not added, but on the half-hour mark Lewis Poskitt nearly engineered more points. He broke free and seemed to have drew the full-back only to have his pass knocked down.

There was no mistake three minutes from half-time when Lewis Poskitt’s neat kick ahead was caught by Billy Riby to touch down; Josh Poskitt converting for a 16-0 interval lead.

After a fairly even start to the second half the first points came on 55 minutes. The resulting repeat set from a line drop-out saw Lewis Poskitt’s bomb fumbled, with both Alex Starling and Poskitt competing to get a hand on the ball – it appeared that Lewis Poskitt was credited with the touchdown.

The conversion was added but the visitors hit back mid-way through the half, when an angled kick saw Danny Thomas score beneath the posts with Pat Foulstone converting.

For a time the visitors had a spring in their step, before a final last ten minute blitz by the home side.

A clever offload by Trevor Penrose saw Steve Connolly ship the ball to the right for Peter Starling to dive in spectacular style in the corner. Then an almighty hit on Bobby Downs saw the half-back make light of it by playing the ball quickly. Jack Humphries then sent wingman Josh Poskitt over for his second.

Execution has been the name of the game in Beverley’s season so far and it was demonstrated two minutes from time. A sweet pass from Jack Howdle saw Alex Starling gallop away to send the supporting Trevor Penrose over under the posts. The final three tries were converted by Josh Poskitt and Alex Starling respectively.