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Penalties make all the difference

Beverley ARLFC 23 – 20 CLOCK FACE MINERS (Saturday, July 8)

This was a heated but entertaining clash as yet again rain poured on the incident-packed proceedings at the Beverley Leisure Centre.

Conditions dictated the kind of game that was going to take place and the difference between the two sides boiled down to goal-kicking.

Stand-in goal-kicker Jordan Precious landed seven from eight attempts,  which was crucial insofar that Clock Face scored three tries to Beverley’s two.

The visitors were penalised for high tackles on numerous occasions and Beverley elected to go for goal whenever they were in reasonable range. Also the odds seemed stacked against the hosts when Billy Riby was sin-binned following protestations after Clock Face levelled the scores with a converted try on 70 minutes.

In his summing up afterwards, coach Scott Taylor simply commented: ”That was a top win”       

A Jordan Precious penalty after five minutes put Beverley 2-0 up. There soon followed a Lewis Poskitt 40/20 putting Beverley on the offensive, which was well defended by the visitors and finished with the ball  rolling over the dead ball line from a kick.

The penalty was cancelled out by Shaun Costello’s own penalty after 15 minutes.

After 20 minutes a fracas occurred resulting in both Steve Connolly and Andy Stanton from either side being sin-binned.   The 28th minute did then see Lewis Poskitt’s kick ahead fumbled by a visiting defender for Sam Brown to pounce and score wide out. Precious converted.

Precious also added a further two penalties towards the end of the half, which saw Beverley create one more chance. Bobby Howdle sent a blind side pass to Alex Starling who kicked ahead but could not make any more of the opportunity, despite  support from Sam Brown – the score remaining 12-2 at the break.     

Lewis Gerraghty crossed for the visitors following a ball steal five minutes into the second  half, converted by Costello. The home side anticipated a penalty but should have played to the whistle.

Soon after,  a Clock Face 40/20 put them on the  attack and Luke Forber crossed, converted by Costello, for a 14-12 lead to the Merseysiders.

After 52 minutes, Precious again landed a penalty to level the scores at 14-14. Then yet another high tackle saw the referee lose patience and sin-bin Jordan Eccleston of Clock Face.

A flowing attack then saw Ben Atkin, who, for the second week running had a sterling game, put Lewis Miller away, who again was taken out high. Precious nudged Beverley 16-14  ahead with the penalty.      

They looked to gather momentum, when  Bobby Howdle sneaked over from dummy half for a try,  which was not converted, but the visitors refused to lie down.

The 70th minute saw Beverley lose the ball from a Clock Face kick on the last tackle and Luke Forber pounced to score despite strong protests from Beverley that there was a knock-on in the movement.

This led to a sin-binning for Riby  with Costello levelling the scores at 20-20. A man down for the final 10 minutes, Beverley managed to dig deep. And a Lewis Poskitt drop-goal and another Jordan Precious penalty saw them edge home, quite literally, with a wet sail.