BEVERLEY Under-11's enjoyed the opportunity to compete against Scarborough and hosts Driffield.
The three clubs each fielded two teams of under-11s, so the two Beverley sides both played three separate matches.
On the left-hand pitch the first game against Scarborough saw an early injury to Euan Vaux, which meant Owen Dulson filled in at scrum half admirably.
Strong running and forward play by Will Ostler and Scott Thoroughgood ensured a great start.
In the second half fly half Louis Richardson got a grip on the game, distributing the ball to the backs which found Rocco Pulling and Xavier Goddard making strong, jinking runs which resulted in tries.
The second game against a strong Driffield team only resulted in Beverley increasing their level of play.
Adam Todd, in usual all-action style, scored the opening try after breaking through the Driffield defence.
Isaac Morris scored a wonderful interception try to run the full length of the field.
Ostler’s restart kicks were inch perfect and Todd’s determination to follow up the kick saw him score.
Highlight of the day was ten phases of driving rugby led by Owen Dulson and Louis Richardson distributing the ball to the powerful running and rucking from Thoroughgood, Ostler and Toby Cresswell with Todd going over in the corner.
The third game against Scarborough was a more open affair with tries coming from the powerful Ostler and Goddard. Scarborough couldn’t cope with the pressure Beverley exerted in defence which led to mistakes capitalised on by Pulling, Isaac Morris and Cresswell to score further tries. Beverley were strong in all areas but the pressure they put on the opposition in defence set them apart.
On the right hand pitch, in the first closely fought game against Driffield, there was some outstanding play from Beverley especially from Caylen Umaga. His blistering speed, skill and agility left the opposition grasping at thin air.
Likewise, through a crowded Driffield defence Jack Glansfield broke free, going around the far side to score.
The final scoreline 7-5 to Driffield reflected the game’s ebb and flow.
The second match saw Beverley win against Scarborough 3-1.
Charlie Watson had a solid game, surging through the opposition’s defence to notch up tries.
Zach Barnard proved he was a strong link between the forwards Ollie Day and Yaya Fazal and the backs James Wilson, Charlie Watson and Hugo Walkley. Zach Barnard’s excellent handling and passing put pressure on the opposition to move the Beavers forward.
In the final game against Driffield, the Beavers came away with a draw.
The match revealed a chink in Beverley’s armour. In the rucks they were not pushing the opposition off the ball effectively.
But knowing these gutsy characters, they’ll determinedly work together to develop this aspect of their game.
The committed attitude of the Under-11s is something special, they relish the chance to play and find opportunities to develop with their peers.
Right hand team: Zach Barnard, Ollie Day, Yaya Faza, Jack Glansfield, Charlie Smith, Caylen Umaga,; Hugo Walkley, Charlie Walton, James Wilson.
Left hand team: Toby Cresswell, Owen Dulson, Xavier Goddard, Rocco Pulling, Isaac Morris, Will Ostler, Louis Richardson, Scott Thorogood, Adam Todd, Euan Vaux.