Beverley Under-13's met Otley at home in the 3rd round of the Yorkshire Cup, losing an entertaining game 35-20.
The eagerly awaited quarter final saw a good-sized crowd from both teams to watch an enthralling game between two excellent sides.
Beverley won the toss and elected to kick, however nerves got to the fly half and the kick was short giving the advantage to Otley. Scrumdown on the half way line.
Both sides tested each other’s defence for the first 10 minutes with play being evenly matched. It was Beverley, however that started to dominate and pressured Otley into a number of errors. The majority of the first 20 minutes was played in the Otley half.
Something had to give and sure enough during an attacking move from Beverley in the Otley 22 a grubber kick was collected by the Otley full back who then released their best player (outside centre) to finally break the Beverley defence and score an almost full length try.
Beverley bounced back. A good restart saw more pressure on the Otley defence. A couple of phases ended with Beverley moving the ball through the hands and scoring in the corner.
With only five minutes left of the first half, Beverley again put pressure on Otley which resulted in a penalty just inside the Otley 22. An excellent set move from Beverley caught Otley unaware and resulted in a score under the posts for the Beverley full back.
From the restart, a beautifully timed kick over the Otley defence almost saw Beverley score again. It was only the excellent try saving tackle from the Otley full back that stopped Beverley going into half time with a two-try lead. Half time came too early for Beverley who were clearly on top.
At the restart of the second half it was a completely different story. Beverley were half asleep and Otley came out fired up. This resulted in three quick tries from the Otley centre within eight minutes. Beverley’s head dropped and conceded a further two tries.Five unanswered tries in the first 15 minutes of the second half was hard to watch, especially after the excellent first half.
Pride and determination kicked in for Beverley and they started to fight back. Beverley had a scrum deep into the Otley 22 which saw a great switch play by the Beverley stand-off. This created space to offload to the Beverley centre and score an excellent try. This came at a price though and the Beverley No.10 played no further part in the game after being injured from a dangerous tip tackle. The Otley player was sin binned.
Beverley switched some players and positions and again pressed hard. An excellent solo try came for the Beverley winger who managed to beat several Otley players to score in the corner.
Beverley saw a glimmer of hope and with only five minutes remaining threw caution to the wind with expansive passing. Unfortunately this didn’t work and resulted in broken play and the Otley centre and full back countered and scored a full length ‘sucker punch’ try.
Tries for beverley came from Jack Charles, Ryan Westerman, Alex Argent-Moss, and Joe Coates.
Otley were the deserving winners of this contest in the end. Their impressive tackling from all players gave them the edge that Beverley lacked in the second half.