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LOCAL RUGBY LEAGUE: Blue & Golds’ seventh straight win

DEWSBURY CELTIC 12 – 28 BEVERLEY ARLFC (Saturday May 6)

The score-line doesn’t tell the whole story, for this was the Blue & Golds toughest test so far this season.

Trailing 12-8 at the break, they looked to be up against it, playing up the slope in the second half. Director of Rugby Pat Howdle commented: ”It was our character and discipline that won it for us today. When we went behind just before the break it would have been very easy to just roll over. It should be just the right confidence booster for next week’s long trip to Millom.”

Beverley started strongly, with some expansive play after they forced a line drop-out from the kick-off. Lewis Straw’s long ball found Sam Brown lurking out wide and the winger finished clinically in the corner after just two minutes. The extras could not be added.

Beverley continued to press, but over-adventurous play led to an interception by the home side looking like a certain try. Lewis Poskitt did well to chase back in defence, but the momentum continued and Tom Norris went over a couple of plays later. The extras were added to put the home side 6-4 up.

Both sides then had their moments in attack, with both defences equal to the task. In the 32nd minute a Lewis Poskitt show and go sent Ben Atkin over to give the visitors the lead again at 8-6. But when it seemed the visitors were happy to hang on for an interval lead, a break out for Celtic brought danger. Dominic Senior was on hand to accept a pass and give them the lead, with extras added, of 12-8 right on the half-time whistle.

Aided by penalties there was early second half pressure for Beverley. Lewis Straw’s assist sent the impressive Jack Humphries streaking away to score in the corner. Again the extras could not be added but Beverley were noticeably lifted psychologically with the scores level at 12-12. Again the hosts countered as a successful 40/20 gave them a dangerous set which was well defended by the visitors.

Crucially, in the 52nd minute, Dewsbury Celtic’s Danny Crabtree was dismissed for showing dissent after being penalised for a high tackle. Moments later, after a few charges at the line, Tom Moor spun from dummy half to touch down. Straw this time converted.

Mid-way through the second half he added a penalty. The visitors, with the scent of victory in their nostrils, went in for the kill. A dangerous break from the man of the match (as voted by the opposition) Drew Ward saw him pulled up just short. Steve Connolly was on hand to score from dummy half and Straw converted. Straw also added a penalty right on the stroke of full time to complete a very pleasing win on the road.