BEVERLEY RUFC Under-18 Colts opened their Yorkshire League campaign with a promising 31-22 win at Malton.
The visitors boasted a strong squad who began in a much more cohesive and confident fashion than shown in the Yorkshire Cup games in September. The forwards quickly gained the upper hand – no mean feat against the usual well-drilled home pack – with props Tom Jackson and Alex Morris prominent in the loose where they linked superbly with the back row trio of Liam Johnson, Rhys Innes and Keegan Foster.
The ‘fast hands’ between forwards and backs soon led to the first try when quick ball from Will Dobson and Tom Johnson gave Alex Hodgkinson time to burst past three defenders and touch down. Another flowing move then saw the ball moved right to left across the pitch for Innes to cross the second. Malton were struggling with the pace of the Beverley game and also with an excellent defensive display with huge tackles from the likes of Foster, Dobson, Johnson, Innes, Jackson, Ifan Downey and Hodgkinson.
Scrum half Toby Redman was sniping around the ruck and with Charlie Rawlins majestic at full back, the ball was again moved from forwards to backs in a series of faultless plays which ended with Mobo Abayomi crashing over for a try that brought applause from both sets of spectators. Hodgkinson scored the conversion. Malton settled briefly to enjoy some decent possession from which they managed an unconverted try before another sweeping move gave Theo Richardson a debut try – converted by Hodgkinson - and a 24-5 half-time lead to Beverley.
Malton started the second half in determined mood and the game levelled out as they reduced the arrears with an early five-pointer. Reg Fisher was then superbly denied a try as he looked certain to score before great running by fly half Dobson and a sustained period of pressure saw Joe Barrett cross for the visitors , with Adam Hewitson adding the extras. Ben Fennell, Spencer Roberts and Adam Carpenter did a great shift off the bench as the home side ended strongly as Beverley were penalised repeatedly for offside but Malton did manage two late tries to make the score respectable. Beverley now entertain Scunthorpe in the next league game on Sunday, kick off 1pm.