BEVERLEY UNDER-18 Colts made it three out of the three in their Yorkshire League campaign with a useful 28-8 victory at Selby on Sunday.
Useful is the word as this was far from a fluent performance from the Beavers who were missing five regular starters through injury. Selby were also without a number of first choices and the changes to both sides meant the opening exchanges saw some promising rugby mixed with errors and bad calls.
Beverley elected to play with a strong wind at their backs in the first half but failure to control possession and a mounting penalty count through ill-discipline saw a number of chances wasted before a fortunate kick through from Adam Hewitson bounced back into this hands and he scored under the posts. He also added the extras.
Selby dragged their way back into the game with a try but Beverley overcame their own stuttering play to regain the lead when skipper Alex Hodgkinson barged over for a try following a neat Hewitson pass, the latter again converting. The improving Reg Fisher then found himself on the end of a sweeping attacking move to add a third, converted by Hewitson.
The second half saw the home side buoyed by the wind and not being out of the game and a penalty added to their growing confidence. However, Beverley played better against the elements with Adam Carpenter and Charlie Fish sweeping up any loose ball and some big tackles from Hodgkinson, Ben Fennell, Liam Johnson and Spencer Roberts keeping Selby at bay. Forwards Alex Morris and Tom Jackson began to punch holes in the home defence while Theo Richardson and Mobo Abayomi made massive yards as gaps began to appear. The visitors started to enjoy the game for the first time and the forwards and backs linked superbly in a move that saw Bailey Wood race over. Hewitson converted and victory was secured.