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Shock as Pat Howdle steps down

There was shock news overnight last night when it emerged that Beverley Amateur Rugby League Club’s Director of Rugby, Pat Howdle, has decided  to step down after being at the helm since the summer of 2014. The decision was announced following the Blue & Gold’s latest monthly meeting.

Stepping down: Pat Howdle

The club paid tribute to Pat and said it wanted to place on record its sincere thanks for all that had been achieved during what has been a
period of rapid progress.

The good news is Pat won’t be going very far away from the club – he says he just feels the time is right to recharge his batteries and take
a few steps back.

Looking back over what he has achieved a club spokesman said: “In their final season of Winter rugby, Beverley topped the Hull & District League Division One at the end of 2014/15. They immediately switched to the Yorkshire Men’s League for 2015, playing back to back seasons and finishing fifth in Yorkshire Division One.

“Promotion to the  Yorkshire Premier Division  then followed. The 2016 and 2017 seasons then saw them finish fourth in both campaigns. They were beaten finalists in the top-four play-off in 2017. A successful NCL application then followed. Season 2018 saw the Blue & Golds land the Division 3 title at the first attempt with a defeat and two draws being
the only blemish on their campaign.”

He continued: “ The success has also been mirrored with progress away from the field. Crowds at the Leisure Centre, sponsorship and
advertising board revenue have  grown several fold during this period.”

Meanwhile Head Coach Scott Taylor is now eyeing the start of the 2019 season next March. He has brought in a new assistant coach in
the shape of Tony Spence. It is a name that needs no introducing as Spence has enjoyed long and successful spells at both Skirlaugh and
Myton Warriors. Taylor will call his squad back to training in early December as he plans his assault on NCL Division 2.

Finally, Lewis Poskitt has been nominated for the Division 3 Player of the Year alongside Barrow Island’s Blain Marwood and Millom’s
Ethan Kelly. The awards for all of the NCL divisions will be announced at it’s annual dinner at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford on October
27.