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LOCAL RUGBY LEAGUE: Weakened Beverley soundly beaten

BEVERLEY ARLFC 4 – 50 SKIRLAUGH (February 17)

This was a tough day at the office for the Blue and Golds. Due to a number of absences they went into this final pre-season friendly with a depleted line-up. The regular half-back pairing of Lewis Straw and Lewis Poskitt was missing as were Jack Howdle, Chris Johnson, Peter Starling, Josh Poskitt, Billy Riby, Steve Connolly and Ben Bardle.

Bradley Kirkby had to pull out shortly before kick-off as a precautionary measure, not wishing to aggravate a pulled hamstring. However, those that wore the shirt can still be proud of their efforts.

The visitors built up a 26-0 first-half lead; dominating possession and territory. Beverley did manage to create some chances – in the 20th minute, for instance, Bobby Howdle’s incisive break up the middle from deep saw his inside pass go to ground with the line beckoning.

Three minutes before the break an Alex Starling break fed the supporting Lewis Campion who in turn fed Jack Humphries. The wet conditions played their part again with Humphrie’s pass to a supporting player going to ground.

The visitors continued the second half in similar fashion, registering a further 22 points. Beverley managed a deserved consolation second half try. A long break from deep by Alex Starling saw Lewis Campion backing up well to score wide out. Despite the heavy defeat, Humphries, Howdle and Starling all gave good accounts of themselves against a side that that has clearly played together for a number of years at a higher level than Beverley.

Director of Rugby Pat Howdle commented: ”We will move on from this one, there is no point in dwelling on it. We will dust ourselves off and prepare for next week which is a very big day for the club indeed”