Beverley Under-16's produced a solid performance running out 48 – 7 against York RUFC at Beaver Park.
Both teams were missing a number of players through injuries and other commitments, but the win demonstrated the strength in depth they now have.
The early exchanges were very tough, and York dominated the possession and territory before they scored the first try of the day which they duly converted. From that point Beverley stepped up their performance and started to play with the style and finesse that they have been alluding to for a number of weeks.
Dylan Ross, Harrison Petrie and Jasper Ghio consistently broke tackles and made ground and back row of Jack Webster, Ben Walker and Ben Wilkinson turned ball over and ensured that York did not make progress. The backs showed pace and strength throughout, Tom Barnard and Koppy Phousangsavath cut the York defence up, and Sam Acaster’s power in the centres cut York’s attacking options down with some strong tackles.
Beverley first try came when another powerful Petrie drive allowed him to touch down, Barnard Converted, before Acaster collected a set backs move to sprint over the line, Ben Ashley nearly scored when he dived early over the 5m line following another exceptional backs move, but it was Ross who scored the final try of the half from a ruck on the line converted by Barnard.
Half Time: Beverley 19 York 7
The second half continued as the first had left off. Wilkinson supported well to score, before a further back move orchestrated by Jacob Baggs and a sublime pass from winger Harry Gunn to Koppy allowed him to sprint over for a well deserved try, this was soon by a try from the creative running of Barnard.
York certainly demonstrated that they are a strong team, Alex Crockett and Cameron Lawley needed to be resilient and hardworking at the breakdowns and Aaron Waring was strong in defence and also made ground running from deep.
The game finished with tries from Ghio and a further one from Koppy to give a final score of 48-7 to Beverley.
The teams will meet again in a few weeks in the Yorkshire Bowl Quarter Final, both teams will have bigger squads to choose from the game will no doubt be very different but hopefully with a similar result for the home team.
Man of the Match this week goes to Adam Skeates, his distribution has been improving week on week and is not afraid of taking the ball on himself, plus his defence again was exceptional.