BEVERLEY RUFC Under-16's lost 32-19 at Malton in a competitive game played in good spirit.
Malton gained the lead in the first half with their backs being clinical and played an expansive game which Beverley struggled to cope with at times, giving them a 22-0 lead at half-time.
In the second half the Beverley team woke up and produced some great rugby.
Ben Wilkinson returned after injury and his work rate has been missed over the weeks and new recruit Jake Ashley looks like he will be another strong addition.
Beverley scored all their tries in the second half, firstly after Malton gave away a number of penalties, Beverley No 8 Ben Walker’s instinct for a quick tap allowed him to evade the defence and drive over the line. The second was from prop Jasper Ghio (pictured), whose pace and power allowed him to cut through the Malton backs and sprint 20 metres to score.
The final try was an excellent team effort. The forwards by this point were in control of the breakdown and slick ball handling including a long accurate pass to Ben Ashley on the wing that allowed him to open up and out sprint the defence and score under the posts from halfway.
Man of the Match went to the returning Wilkinson.