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Local Rugby League: What a great start for Beverley!

BEVERLEY 30 – 0 BARROW ISLAND (Saturday February 24)

The Blue & Golds got off to the best of all possible starts to the season in this game, which marked their return to the National Conference League.

The youthful side, with an average age of around 22, demonstrated some near flawless defence and showed huge potential for the future. An upbeat coach, Scott Taylor, commented: ”I could not have asked for anything better. Everyone worked for each other as a team. Our defending was top drawer, especially when withstanding all those repeat sets in the second half.”

It is fair to say that the home side did not look like new boys to the league in the first 20 minutes. They made the step up comfortably and were on the scoreboard after just five minutes, with Lewis Poskitt showing countless dummies as he stepped his way through the visitors defence to score. Josh Poskitt converted.

Beverley threatened more points when a long break from Alex Starling stretched the Cumbrians out wide, who did well to scramble in defence. It was not long before the lead was increased, however, when Lewis Poskitt moved across field and threw a pass that was knocked down by  a Barrow Island man. Luke Inglis was quick to the loose ball to regather and force his way over despite the best efforts of a flurry of defenders. This time Lewis Straw converted.

The hosts looked fluent in attack with some crisp passing. In the 16th minute good movement sent Lewis Straw over out wide and Straw converted his own. The visitors gradually found their feet and enjoyed far more of the game. A few penalties enabled them to get more sets in the Beverley half.

But Beverley hosts were more than up to the task  of defending sets, especially close to their own line.

However, Beverley finished the half as they started it as they extended their lead. Alex Starling’s break from deep saw him draw the last line of defence perfectly to send Straw away for his second try. Straw again converted for a 24-0 interval lead.

The early part of the second half saw the game go into something of a lull. The visitors enjoyed far more possession and there was several repeat sets for the home side to defend. The penalty count weighed in the visitors’ favour, but Beverley kept their discipline and never showed any signs of dissent.

It looked as if the second half would be scoreless, but for one of the rare ventures into the opposing 20, Beverley reproduced some of their first half majic. Sweet handling to the right sent Luke Shaw over and he converted to complete the afternoon’s scoring.

This was a very satisfying afternoon for Beverley ARLFC, watched by a number of old faces in a reunion of players who represented the club more than 20 years ago.