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Rugby League: Beverley rack up 90 points

BEVERLEY 90 – 0 WATERHEAD WARRIORS (Saturday June 9)

The Blue & Golds returned to action on Saturday after a 3 week lay-off, but still sitting top of NCL Division 3 by two points.

The game against Oldham-based outfit Waterhead Warriors at the Leisure Centre was also the first home game since April 21st and the scoreline tells the story, although probably not the full one.

Beverley’s opponents deserve a huge pat on the back for digging in on this one. They turned up two players short mainly due to players attending a concert. This added to to a difficult season in which they are attempting to rebuild and hope to bring through this season’s under 18’s squad to the first team next year. At no stage did they display any ill-discipline or infighting but just got on with the game.

Beverley were able to field a side close to full strength with Jack Humphries, Chris Johnson, Ben Bardle, Lee Stevens and Josh Poskitt the only notable absentees. They got on with the job with their usual clinical precision and were 50-0 up by the break.

Head coach Scott Taylor, with a difficult half-time team talk to make, just urged his side to keep a defensive clean sheet in the second half.

For the record, there was a debut try for Lewis Miller to cap off his promotion to the first team after impressing in the Academy. There was a hat-trick for Lewis Poskitt to take his season tally to an incredible 19 so far. Billy Riby also completed a hat-trick.

There were braces for Alex Starling and Bobby Howdle who was also voted the man of the match by the committee and supporters.  Sam Brown, Lewis Straw, Louis Hubbard, Alex Calvert and Tom Moor also crossed.

The goal kicking saw Lewis Straw add seven goals before limping off with an ankle injury shortly after halt-time, which hopefully will not prove to be serious.. Bobby Howdle added a further five conversions and there was a single conversion from Trevor Penrose.

The Head Coach commented afterwards: ”Complacency is what we need to guard against as it will be our biggest enemy this season.”