An outstanding defensive display from Beverley Under-14's saw them complete a 29-10 home victory against a strong Doncaster side who will wonder how they lost the match by such a margin.
Into a fierce, biting, northerly wind Beverley started quickly with both wingers keeping warm by scoring tries in the first five minutes. Henry Fenn scored the first of what was to be a hat trick when presented the ball in midfield; with plenty left to do he scorched around his opposite number with an arcing run that resulted in a try in the corner out of nothing.
From the following kick off, James Couttie got in the act gathering a long ball which flew over his forwards deep into the 22. Given space and time James can be deadly, as he proved nipping past the chasing forwards down the touchline into an open backfield in which he was not to be caught, despite the despairing efforts of the Knights full back keeping him out wide. 10-0 soon became 17-0 as a strong drive from Brad Cook out of his 22 sucked in the visitors defence allowing Sam Dulson to make more yards before neatly offloading to the supporting Fenn on the half way line who did the rest to touch down under the posts.
Unbowed, Doncaster came back to dominate the remainder of the half and it was no surprise when the territory and possession resulted in a try for the forwards in the corner. Beverley were in front but hanging on and only a double team tackle from the outstanding back row pairing of Beau English and Tom Roberts prevented a narrowing of the margin in the final seconds before half time.
Already in front and downwind for the second half most observers predicted a comfortable home victory but that was not to be the case as Doncaster maintained their momentum into the second half. Fenn completed his hat trick soon after kick off with another burst from his own half first going outside his wing and then inside the full back in another superb display of finishing; that he was not to be man of the match was down to the effort of his forwards in defending the lead.
Wave after wave of Doncaster pressure was met by fierce defence, with Henry Welpton leading the tackle count and taking the man of the match award for constantly sensing the point of attack and resolutely defending the gain line. He was ably assisted by his colleagues with Sam Dulson and Theo Cammack both catching the eye in defence and with hard yards in the tight to relive the pressure when Beverley did have the ball.
In truth the result should have been closer as Doncaster spurned two or three chances out wide when frozen fingers resulted in handling errors that may well have been converted but the ferocity of the home side defence probably accounted for the odd eye drifting away from the ball as well.
Cook scored from a familiar rampage through midfield before the visitors pack converted their possession into points with a consolation score making the final result 29-10.