Beverley RUFC Under-16's travelled to Wath near Rotherham for the longest trip of the season so far and with only the minimum 15 players yet emerged comfortable winners by 66-7.
Beverley started with the conditions (slope and wind on a heavy pitch) in their favour but the larger Wath side started the better using their forwards to punch holes in the Beverley defence.
The visitors defended manfully and took the lead when a turnover led to the ball going down the line and George Waite breaking three tackles to score against the run of play. Wath came back at Beverley with their direct style of play and drove over the line to even up the score.
Beverley started to match the Wath forwards physicality and this started in the scrum with Harry Spence, Marcus Reid and Jensen Dodsworth pushing their opponents back. The visitors tackling also improved and they started knocking their opponents back which was led by Oliver Scanlan, Liam Foreman and Vinny Jeyendran.
Birthday boy Jake Harding was making the hard yards carrying the ball and was aided by Tom Edmiston and Oliver Vaux. Beverley started to gain territory and the forwards pressure allowed the ball to be spun wide for Charlie Carling to race in at the corner.
The Wath heads started to drop but the Beverley pack kept making good yardage, this was rewarded with Will Poole diving over from close range. Beverley continued to dominate territory and halfbacks James Ashley and Alfie Celella started to give the backs good ball in space.
Wath resorted to kicking to clear their lines and this led to the try of the match where full back Elliott King picked up a difficult bouncing ball, beat two defenders and a quick interchange with Celella put Carling away for his second try.
The half was finished off with Scanlan scoring under the posts to make the half- time score 31-7.
With the conditions favouring the hosts for the second half, the first 10 minutes were crucial for Beverley to maintain their lead. Wath came back into the game and was a tough contest for those 10 minutes, however, Beverley kept to their game plan and released Carling for his hattrick.
The flood gates then opened and Oliver Vaux showed his strong running and ball carrying ability to score two tries. Poole got his second when he charged down the Wath halfback and showed excellent football skills to score. The try scoring was finished by Waite who ran in his second.
Celella converted six out of eight conversions in difficult conditions and Harding and Edmiston also slotted a conversion over. Marcus Reid was voted man of the match for his all-around contribution.