BEVERLEY RUFC Under-16's tasted narrow defeat by 14-7 against a well drilled Old Rishworthians side on a hot sunny day at Beaver Park. With both sides short on numbers, but wanting a game before next week’s Yorkshire Cup, a 13-a-side game was agreed upon.
The visitors started well, collecting their kick-off and starting a series of drives dominating territory and possession. Beverley were forced to defend against wave after wave of attacks but managed to knock them back in the in the forwards.
Beverley finally started to get some possession with forwards Tom Hirst and Jake Harding prominent. Beverley gained some good field position and were able to run a back-line move orchestrated by Alfie Celella and quick hands by Hirst and Cowey released George Waite to outpace his winger and score. Celella converted for Beverley to lead 7-0.
Old Rishworthians came back at Beverley and exerted more pressure on the Beverley defence which remained rock solid. However, when Beverley gave away a penalty at the breakdown, the defence was slow to react to a quick tap penalty and Old Rishworthians scored under the posts to make the half time score 7-7.
The second half was again a closely fought contest typified in the scrums where Harry Spence, Marcus Reid and Jenson Dodsworth had a tough afternoon but held their own. Beverley ran several back moves but were unable to get full back Charlie Carling or wing James Ashley free over the gain line.
The match was heading for a draw until Old Rishworthians hacked through a loose ball and an unfortunate bounce allowed them to score the winning try. While this was a tough defeat for Beverley, it put them in a good position for the Yorkshire Cup game away at Sheffield next week.