BEVERLEY RUFC Under-15’s produced an excellent second half performance at Otley to come from behind and take a 26-22 victory.
The first half was scrappy, not for the first time this season the flow of the match being disrupted by constant infringements from the visitors for offside. The Beavers were made to pay when back to back penalties took them 50m towards their own line from a promising position of their own to invite pressure they were unable to withstand and fell behind 5-0.
Notwithstanding efforts to shoot themselves in the foot Beverley were playing well, the forwards had exerted dominance of the set plays with rotational hookers Jacob Parkinson and Tom Cracknell both winning ball against the head whilst the remainder of the eight had the shove on disrupting any ball the hosts secured.
Behind them Sam Bayes made an incisive break running a lovely line creating space for James Couttie advancing from full back to release Henry Fenn who was hauled down just short of the line. It was not to matter; after a couple of phases of sustained pressure the home side offended allowing Beverley Man of the Match Sam Dulson to take a quick tap and dive over whilst the home side dithered.
Somewhat against the run of play the home side took the lead on the cusp of half time with a break from their own half evading a couple of missed tackles and make it 12-7.
Beverley played the best rugby of the match during the first 15 minutes of the second half and early pressure was soon rewarded when a desperate clearance allowed Couttie to collect the ball on half way with time and space. As regular readers will know that normally results in a try and indeed it did, the only variety this time being a chip and chase over the full back having skipped and weaved through the early defenders
Brad Cook, having an excellent game, was the next on the score sheet when good work from Logan Radford holding up the Otley ball carrier allowed Brad to join in, rip the ball and storm through under the posts for a 19-12 lead.
The momentum was with Beverley but discipline was again to cost them dear, a quick tap penalty from the hosts and a kick in front of the posts reversed the score line as the Beavers fell behind again.
Fortunately, the ever reliable Henry Fenn was able to restore the lead after Radford collected loose ball, made good yards whilst straightening the line allowing Henry a one-on-one with his opposite wing from his own 10m line.
One firm handoff later and the field opened up to allow a try, an easy conversion and a 26-22 lead the visitors were able to hold until full time.