Beverley’s under 15s stepped into the unknown with new opponents on their fixture list as they beat Huddersfield 19-12 on a clear crisp morning at Beaver Park.
The Beavers started strongly, probing the visitors pack with Sam Dulson and Tom Roberts to the fore knocking off any rust built up over the Christmas break. There was to be no way through the middle of Huddersfield’s well organised defence as the forwards held firm and the backline exercised a quick rush defence that stifled Beverley’s attacking intent.
In truth Beverley were a bit off the pace, slow to support their runner and blind to the opportunities that did exist to feed in a teammate. Encouraged, the visitors grew into the game and were the first on the scoreboard with a perfectly executed driving maul off a lineout close to the Beverley try line. 0-5. The hosts soon came back via a try from man of the match Logan Radford, as he picked a perfect running line from an attacking scrum to breeze through and under the posts which Roberts converted to take the lead.
The lead was short lived however, as Huddersfield took a 12-7 lead into the interval after an inevitable try following a period of sustained pressure and a sequence of penalties to the visitors.
Beverley won the match with an improved second half where they exercised more control of their discipline and the ball to allow their skills to become more apparent. In the midfield, Louix Gorman, Ed Spink and Sam Bayes orchestrated affairs to create more opportunities, Gorman in particular catching the eye with line breaks as the hosts began to find space.
The Beavers were soon back in front following a surging run from Roberts who was felled just short of the line before the ball was quickly recycled allowing Bayes to deftly collect a pass from his bootlaces and go over.
Ben Lazenby scored the winning try as Beverley executed a carbon copy of Huddersfield’s first try with a controlled driving maul off the top of a line out.
While further chances came and went- the odd dropped pass and a bizarre incident with Beverley’s top scorer Henry Fenn crossing the line and running over the dead ball line when going around under the posts whilst under no pressure; there were to be no further additions to the score.