Beverley Under-13’s travelled to York for the first time, with their largest squad of the season of 23 players but despite a battling display they were beaten 45-30.
Beverley won the toss and elected to kick. Immediately Beverley were on the front foot and applied pressure to the York forwards resulting in quick turnover ball. This allowed the Beverley backs to pass down the line and score in the corner with less than 2 minutes on the clock.
The next 5 minutes saw some great tackling by Beverley in the York half, resulting in a number of mistakes. Even with a very high percentage of penalties being awarded to York, Beverley continued to dominate and score a further two tries from the York mistakes.
At the next break down the game unfortunately had to be stopped due to a potentially serious injury to one of the York forwards. While the player was being treated, the game was moved to another pitch after a 20-minute break.
During the break, York made a number of changes including the introduction of their best player into the full-back position. The change had an immediate impact on the game as the full back returned a couple of lo0se balls to break tackles and score quick tries. Beverley had little response initially, as York played to this strength and again scored.
The number of penalties being conceded continued to escalate, but Beverley kept their composure and showed great maturity in difficult conditions.
Another break in play and Beverley rotated the squad. Determination and a ‘never give up’ attitude saw Beverley keep in touch with York. Some enterprising kicks and passes saw Beverley cross the line a couple more times.
The last quarter of the match saw York’s size advantage ease them to a clear victory but the Beverley squad took a great deal of pride in their performance and discipline and look forward to a chance to reset the record next time.
Try scorers for Beverley were Jack Charles, Ryan Westerman and Joe Coates with Westerman man of the match. Pass of the week went to Nick Taylor and Tackle of the Week to Harvey Mackenzie.