Beverley Under-14's travelled to reigning Yorkshire Cup Holders York on a filthy morning and returned home empty handed having been soaked by the weather and the power of the York forwards who controlled the ball in the difficult conditions to complete an impressive 48-0 victory.
The visitors had a forgettable first 20 minutes when they were unable to halt the march of the home sides’ powerful pack conceding more than five tries to fall behind 29-0.
York were playing smart rugby, quicker to the ball on the chase as they intelligently kicked in the greasy conditions to turn Beverley around back towards their own line. Territorial advantage was then converted through an impressive performance from one to eight. Beverley’s set piece was dominated as two tries were conceded being pushed off their own scrum and a third from their own lineout.
Beverley man of the match and skipper, Sam Bayes, had been fighting an admirable solo battle against the home sides power, illustrated midway through the half by his strong chase and tackle before leaping to his feet and securing the ball before any of his colleagues came to assist to prevent a further York score. Roused by their captain, Beverley began to come into the game. Flanker Beau English put in another strong performance and Sammy England defended his wing with great courage and skill as a contest threatened to break out.
With half time approaching Beverley exerted pressure of their own and created two chances they narrowly failed to convert. First Bayes’ neat chip through was kicked dead with England threatening to pounce on the loose ball; then in the dying moments of the half Beverley ran a penalty from their own half, releasing Bryant Crux who was dragged down inches from the line. 29-0 at the break.
The second half was more even with Logan Radford and Henry Welpton exerting themselves in the loose both in defensive and carrying the ball. Stand in fly half, James Couttie was able use a platform to make a couple of half breaks and release his back line to threaten Yorks’ defence.
Whilst the home side stood firm and went on to produce three further tries of their own, further evidence of a more even contest was found in the nature of their being – a break away from good field position for Beverley and the return of a loose kick.
There was restored pride and an admirable fight back from Beverley in the second half that was unfortunately not to be reflected in the final score as the excellent York side showed why they are County Champions.