Beverley U-16s started the season with a comfortable win over local rivals Driffield. Beverley started strongly and dominated territory and possession which was well-marshalled by scrum half James Ashley but some determined defence by Driffield kept Beverley out for the first 10 minutes.
With the introduction of competitive lineouts, Beverley’s pre-season training seemed to pay benefits with Vinny Jeyendran and in particularly Tom Knight standing out with a couple of steals.
Strong recycling of the ball allowed No.8 Tom Hirst to score the first try of the season under the posts. Strong scrummaging by Harry Spence, Marcus Reid and Ezzen Farooq supported by Jensen Dodsworth kept the pressure on Driffield. A series of injuries to key Driffield players also weakened their team.
Beverley continued to dominate especially in the tackle with Oliver Scanlan, Oliver Eagle and Will Poole prominent and a second try soon followed with Charlie Carling finishing off a good back move. An excellent back move with Max Cowey breaking the line to feed then allowed Harvey Wilkinson to score. Driffield scored next when a loose pass allowed the Driffield winger to intercept and score from 60m. This led to half time score of 21:5 to Beverley.
After half time Beverley continued to rack up the points, Cowey went over; Wilkinson got his second following a break by Danny Prescott; Jake Harding notched a bulldozing try; Hirst added his second and a clean break saw Alfie Celella cross. The try scoring was finished off by Prescott who ran in the final two tries.
Special mention should go to Ezzen Farooq and Jensen Dodsworth who made impressive debuts for Beverley.