Selby kicked off this Yorkshire 1 league fixture which they needed to win keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive, and it showed. They immediately launched an attack on the Beverley line and were rewarded after 2 minutes with a penalty which stand off Cruise converted (3-0). Five minutes later an interception try by Hunt, converted by Cruise increased their lead to 10-0.
Beverley were experiencing difficulty getting hold of the ball in the face of some ferocious, but fair play, from Selby but when they did finally manage to secure it for their first visit to the Selby half, James Graham went over to make it 10-5.
With the ship now steadied Beverley started to play some enterprising rugby and after 20 minutes a Rob Smith penalty brought the score to 10-8. However, the much bigger and strong running Selby players were in rampant mood and the Beverley defence seemed unable to hold on to them. Two more converted tries, both the results of poor defending took the score to 24-8 approaching half time.
At this point Beverley were down to 12 starting players with Rhys Innes, Charlie Rawlins and Raymond Coates all lying injured receiving attention whilst play carried on until the referee brought some welcome relief to the beleaguered Beavers with the half time whistle.
Half time Selby 24 Beverley 8
Things began to look even more ominous after the interval for Beverley when, although they were back at full strength, Selby immediately increased their lead with a try from a pushover (29-8).
However, at last Beverley seemed to shake off their lethargy and they strung together 20 minutes of scintillating rugby, during which they scored 4 tries to change the whole complexion of the game.
Firstly, Theo Richardson floated a looped pass, in his own 22, over the oncoming Selby centres to Rob Smith. Whilst the Beverley supporters in the large crowd held their breath, Rob collected the pass and set off on a fine run outstripping the defence to score from some 60 metres out (29-13). Selby did hit back from a penalty to make it 32-13 but the Beavers now had the bit between their teeth and, after 5 more minutes young scrum half Charlie Rawlins scored the try of the match, weaving through the Selby defence from 50 metres with nobody laying a hand on him (32-18).
Next came Lewis Szrama with a good forward’s try in the corner (32-23) and this was followed by another excellent try from Theo Richardson, beating several defenders to touch down under the posts for Rob Smith to convert and make it very interesting at 32-30.
This was a tremendous fight back from the young Beverley side but the final minutes were spent with the more experienced Selby players, understandably winding the clock down until, on the death the scored a converted try to seal a vital victory for them which was just about deserved and will hopefully aid their fight against relegation. They are a much better side than their league position suggests. As for Beverley, once again, they were obliged to field a side missing 4 or 5 key players but, when they have such a bunch of outstanding young colts to call on, who cares? The future looks bright (providing that they can retain them of course).