Beverley Under-16's travelled to Driffield on a surprisingly bright and sunny day for the Bowl competition of the Yorkshire Cup leaving with a promising 32-19 victory.
With some players committed to Remembrance Day and some other absentees, Beverley were only able to field the minimum 15 players which was matched by Driffield.
Beverley were under pressure from the kick-off and had difficulties with the strong running backs. Strong tackling from make shift centre Vinny Jeyendran and Max Cowey kept the home side at bay. Beverley weathered the strong start by Driffield and started to get a hold in the game. This was typified by the scrum where the front five of Jensen Dodsworth, Will Poole, Marcus Reid, makeshift 2nd row Harry Spence and Jake Harding gained dominance.
Just as Beverley were getting good field position, some good play on the blind side by the Driffield centre broke through a couple of missed tackles to score from the half way line. From the re-start Beverley started to go through the phases and gained good territory, with the backrow of Tom Hirst, Oliver Scanlan and part time flanker James Ashley starting to dominate, this allowed Sam Jackson to break through the Driffield defence to score.
Driffield scored next with another long range effort from there running backs to take the lead again. This seemed to spur Beverley into action and they started to get good continuity directed by fly-half Alfie Celella bringing fullback Elliot King and winger George Waite into the line. This led to two quick similar scores from flanker Oliver Scanlan who was too strong from five yards out.
Beverley went in at half time leading 17:12.
Beverley started the second half strongly and gained the upper hand with good field position, partly achieved by some excellent line-out work by Will Poole. Beverley went through the phases, giving winger Charlie Carling and No8 Tom Hirst the opportunity to break the stretched defence and score to give Beverley control.
Credit to Driffield who never gave up and continued to run the ball through the backs and this was rewarded with another try to bring the score back to 8 points with 5 minutes to play. With their tails up, Driffield again came at Beverley and got within 10 yards of the Beverley line. Again, they went to their backs but a crunching tackle by Vinny Jeyendran led to an unfortunate ankle injury for the Driffield player who had to be carried off.
From the subsequent Beverley scrum, the ball was passed down the line and Charlie Carling scored his second try running virtually the length of the pitch. This led to a final score of 32:19 which flattered Beverley. This was an excellent game played with great sportsmanship by both sides.