BEVERLEY Under-18 Colts showed determination and no little class to beat a strong Scunthorpe side 34-24 in a cracking Yorkshire League clash at home on Sunday.
Buoyed by last week’s win at Malton on the opening day of the season, Beverley were quickly into their stride and superb work by forwards Tom Jackson, Rhys Innes and Keegan Foster allowed fly half Will Dobson to move the ball swiftly to centre Alex Hodgkinson who drew the defence before sending winger Theo Richardson charging over for the first try. Hodgkinson converted.
The visitors were struggling to deal with the home forwards in the loose and with the backs being given excellent ball their pace was tearing holes in the Scunthorpe defence. A catch and drive led by the excellent Innes in the corner saw hooker Charlie Fish crash over for a second, unconverted try before Charlie Rawlins added a third after flanker Liam Johnson joined the backs to combine with wing Bailey Wood.
Beverley could have had one or two more tries as scrum half Toby Redman led a series of attacks but Scunthorpe dug in and began to use their well-drilled forwards to gain a foothold back in the game and it was they who managed a converted try to make it 17-7 at half-time.
The visitors were previously unbeaten in cup and league this season and they moved ominously into a 19-17 lead as their structured forward play dominated early in the second half leading to two tries, one converted. Beverley steadied themselves and biting tackles from the likes of Adam Carpenter, Johnson, Hodgkinson, Foster, Ifan Downey, Rawlins and Richardson helped them claw their way back into the game with excellent unconverted tries from Rawlins and Ben Fennell, the latter injecting fresh energy off the bench along with Joe Barrett and Spencer Roberts.
Scunthorpe rallied again with an unconverted try and as both sides pushed for the winning score it was Beverley who managed to conjure up space for Richardson - now in the centre following injury to birthday boy Tom Johnson – and he carved his way over from 30 metres. Adam Hewitson, on for injured skipper Dobson, added the extras and seconds later the whistle blew on a game which was a credit to both sets of players.