BEVERLEY Under-16s went down 35-17 at Hullensians.
Both teams were short of a number of players due to ERDPP commitments and holidays, but it was still an entertaining contest.
Hullensians started strongly and scored early tries in the first five minutes before the visitors woke up and started to play rugby.
When Beverley did play rugby they were very strong, the loose play and discipline has improved significantly over the past weeks and the pack are competing in all aspects of the game.
Beverley were unlucky not to score in some good open play when Jasper Ghio knocked on over the line, but further expansive play from Jacob Baggs, returning after breaking his thumb in the first match of the season, who spread the ball wide for prop Ghio to powerfully break through and cleanly score.
The Beverley pack were strong in the scrums with Ghio, Jack Webster and Alex Crockett starting to become formidable against strong opposition.
Beverley dominated the line out with Ben Walker securing his own and taking a number of the opposition’s ball. In the loose, Jake Ashley is forming a solid second row partnership with Josh Dillon and the back row of Ben Wilkinson, Cameron Lawley and Walker again proved strong.
Beverley worked tirelessly and in the second half there was some sustained pressure on the Hullensians line.
The home team were continuously penalised for various infringements before Webster went over for a try, with a Hullensians player in the sin bin as a results of the penalty count, Beverley maintained the pressure and scored a further try through Crockett.
Scrum half Adam Skeates had another strong game and is dictating the direction of the forwards and centres Aaron Waring and Sam Acaster, along with utility back Ben Ashley, put some strong tackles in and were unlucky not to add to the score.
Man of the match went to Walker for some excellent tackling and strong running.