BEVERLEY Under-15's entertained York RFU and suffered their first defeat of the season 17-12 in a closely contested match.
York started the match brightly using the conditions and there strong running backs to great effect and had Beverley defending in there 22 for the majority of the opening exchanges.
The first score was a result of Beverley being stripped of their own ball in the back line and the York winger racing away to score. The Beverley team were stung intom action and started to put their phases of play together through the forwards and captain for the day Oliver Vaux led by example with 2nd row support from Jake Harding driving through the York pack.
Further dominance in the scrum through Hopson, Reid and Spence allowed Beverley to work their way into the York 22 and a quick tap penalty allowed Vaux to drive over under the posts and level the score when Celella added the conversion.
York went back to utilising there strong running backs and gained the ascendancy for the majority of the half and it was the backs that again unlocked the Beverley defence with swift hands to put the winger in the corner for a second try despite some valiant defending by fullback Foreman. The conversion was missed.
Beverley continued to dominate up front but struggled to turn possession into territory while the York backs made good yardage with each carry. After a reshuffle, fly half Scanlan made a line break on the halfway line and drew the fullback to release Carling to score an unconverted try in the corner leaving it 12-12 at half-time.
Beverley forwards continued their dominance after the break with back rowers Oliver Eagle and Tom Knight prominent. The Beavers were camped in the York half but couldn’t break down a stubborn York defence.
They were able to release winger Carling on one run but a try saving tackle by the York full back prevented a score.
As time ticked down the game become more heated as both sides went for the win. The decisive moment came with three minutes to play when the York centre received the ball on his own 22 to make a clean break and run 70m to score.
Both teams will have learnt a lot from this match for the rest of the season.