Beverley Under-15's hosted local rivals Hull Ionians on a blustery day at Beaver Park with a bare 15 players due to several early season injuries. Undaunted they produced a superb 30-7 victory.
The home side chose to play with the wind and started by kicking long to the I’s fullback who proceeded to run the ball back the full length of the pitch handing off poor Beverley tackling to make the score 0:7.
Stunned by the start Beverley tried to play them back into the game gaining territory with the wind but were unable to breakthrough a buoyant I’s defence. Beverley twice took the points through James Rials boot for Ionians ruck infringements to bring the score to 6:7.
Ionians continued to dominate the ruck and maul area, slowing down Beverley’s ball and stopping the normally fluent play.
Beverley managed to put several phases of play together and put some pressure on in the opposition 22. Oliver Vaux, a temporary prop for the day due to injuries, picked up and bulldozed his way over from 10 yards for Beverley’s first try with Rial converting.
Strong play from I’s from the kick-off gained field position but a good clearing kick from Oliver Scanlan and an excellent tackle from Max Cowey allowed the ball to pop up for Charlie Carling to score an easy converted try for a halftime score of 20:7 to the home side.
With the wind in the second half, I’s were still in this game. However following the halftime team talk Beverley improved there rucking play with Tom Hirst and Oliver Eagle starting to gain the ascendency and strong ball carrying with Marcus Reid and Harry Spence. Beverley kept the ball in hand and released Carling to score his second.
Beverley continued to gain territory against the wind with ball in hand with strong running by backs Harvey Wilkinson, Liam Foreman & Alfie Celella, playing against his former club. Again Beverley worked their way into the I’s 22 and Vaux again powered over for his second try of the day.
Both second half conversions were missed due top difficult kicks into the wind. A leg injury to James Ashley meant Beverley played the last 10 minutes with 14 players but had already done enough to secure the win.