It was another cold but sunny Sunday when a depleted Beverley Under-16's travelled to face their York counterparts.
Beverley kicked off, and there followed a close contest with both sides locked in a battle for field position.
Intelligent kicking from Prescott and Celella kept York in their own half but some great defensive work from the York back row kept Beverley from converting any of this position into points.
Great work at the breakdown from a Beverley back row with two scrum halves playing as flankers, Scanlan and Ashley, and the ever present Eagle at No 8 won a penalty in front of the sticks. Celella converted it easily and they took the three points.
A resurgent York kicked deep and pressured well when the ball went loose.
Beverley were trapped in their 22 and some great work by York saw them gain a scrum.
There followed some sterling defence work with second rows Spence and Harding rucking well, but it was not enough and York just crossed wide out in the corner with winger Waite and centre Wilkinson in attendance.
The conversion was missed for 5-3 and despite further pressure from Beverley the scores remained that way at half-time.
The second half resumed with York pressuring the Beverley half, but tough tackling from Foreman and Cowey kept them back.
Superb work from new recruit King at full back joined the defensive effort that frustrated York for some time.
Eventually the Beverley boys gave out and despite a great scrum from Reid, Poole and Dodsworth in the front row the York No 8 set the try scoring play in motion which saw York just cross again wide out. Again the conversion was missed.
From the restart great work from Scanlan saw him take the kick-off and get within the York 22 for the first time in this half.
Beverley were not going to let this go and it was fitting that the tireless Eagle crossed the line to score for Beverley, Celella adding the conversion for 10-10.
York resumed the game plan and more pressure eventually led to a beautiful cross field kick from York that sat up for the winger to simply touch down.
Both sides continued to charge at each other but the whistle went when Beverley were beginning to win through. Both sides gave 100 per cent in attack and defence right up to the final play and York ended up just winning through 15-10.