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Local rugby league: Wild celebrations as Beverley clinch title

BEVERLEY 38 – 18 MILLOM (Saturday July 28)

The Blue & Golds clinched the NCL division 3 title with four games to spare with a performance that typified their season – ruthless and clinical when they had to be.

A big celebration is now planned at next week’s televised game at home to Dewsbury Celtic (3.05pm).  A jubilant head coach, Scott Taylor, commented: ”We achieved what we set out to achieve at the start of the season. I am really proud of you all. There are four games to go. Can we put on a show for the television cameras next week? Can we go unbeaten in the league all season?”

The hosts attempted to blow away the visitors away very early indeed. In just  the opening four minutes, new signing Bobby Downs had sneaked over from dummy half and Ben Atkin had gone over from a typically quick handling movement.

Josh Poskitt had added the extras but the Cumbrians hit back. Ross Brookes crossed for a try, converted by points machine Lee Postlethwaite.

After 15 minutes a cross-field kick by Lewis Poskitt caused some confusion, allowing Jack Humphries to pounce and score. The rest of the half remained scoreless and very evenly contested. But right on the stroke of half-time Alex Starling was unlucky to break through and lose the ball over the line. The visitors were not afraid to give the ball plenty of air and there was always the threat of more  points from them.

The early moments of the second half saw Alex Calvert force his way over after a penalty got them on the front foot. Calvert, alongside man of the match Bobby Howdle, Alex Starling and Louis Hubbard provided the main go forward and platform for victory.

Soon after. Alex Starling crossed for a try before Bobby Howdle was held up over the line. This was brief respite for the visitors as Alex Starling soon  broke through to send the prolific Lewis Poskitt over beneath the posts. All the scores were converted by Josh Poskitt and more points  were threatened as a menacing kick to the corner by Downs  was fumbled and Jack Humphries was unlucky to lose the ball with the line at his mercy.

Billy Riby then crossed but was penalised for a double movement.

The Cumbrians played their part in the contest and deservedly pulled back some points when  Adam Kelly crossed but then Lewis Pokitt added his second before Ethan Kelly scored three minutes from full-time. Lee Postlethwaite and Josh Poskitt added the respective conversions. After the full-time whistle the Champagne corks were popping …

Those celebration will hopefully continue this coming Saturday, with the home televised fixture against Dewsbury Celtic, which kicks off at 3.05pm. The club aims to make it a special day at the leisure centre, with junior games kicking off at 2pm plus a host of other attractions, including the band of the Church Lads and Girls Brigade. The game will be screened by Freesport, which is available on Freeview channel 95, Sky 424 and Freesat 252.