Beverley Under-16's returned to winning ways with a comfortable 22-14 win away at Lincoln on Sunday.
It was the first time these two teams have met and neither side knew each others strengths but Beverley emerged stronger in most aspects of play.
Dylan Ross stepped into the front row and with Jake Webster and Alex Crockett dominated the scrums throughout. continually taking the ball against the head and driving the Lincoln pack backwards.
In tricky conditions, both teams made a number of mistakes which slowed the game down in parts and the referee penalised Beverley for a variety of reasons preventing the visitors scoring more points than the actually did.
With most of the play in the Lincoln half it was Jacob Baggs who opened the scoring when he cut through the defence and evaded a number of tacklers to score in the corner. Beverley forwards were a constant menace and drove the ball well while the back row of Ben Walker, Charlie Newsome and Ben Wilkinson tackled ferociously throughout supported well by Jake Ashley and Josh Dillon in the second row.
As the half progressed Beverley maintained significant pressure on the Lincoln defence and it was inevitable that a further try would come when they were unable to hold another strong run from Dillon who scored just before the half time whistle, Tom Barnard converted to leave them 12-0 ahead.
In the second have Lincoln came at Beverley with renewed conviction but the visitors kept their composure especially when scrum half Adam Skeates was illegally carried into touch. This only fired up the Beverley team and strong breaks from the impressive Gabriel Bejarano and Sam Acaster allowed the team to progress up to the Lincoln try line for Crockett to score.
Soon after another break from the backs and strong support allowed Ross to drive over. Further Beverley tries were prevented when Baggs should have scored when he was deemed to have knocked on although he had been tackled without the ball and Barnard had a try disallowed for another apparent knock on before sustaining a head injury from a stray boot.
With Beverley down to 14 men and Ben Ashley and Harry Gunn covering the full back roll Lincoln made the most of the extra player and scored two late consolation tries.
A good solid victory, Beverley could have scored significantly more tries, but generally will be happy with the result. Beverley were dominant in all aspects of the game, the forwards scrums and lines were good and the supporting ruins strong. The backs defended very well and made ground with some solid breaks. Man of the match was Jacob Baggs.