BEVERLEY Under-13’s lost an absorbing contest 35-20 away to Pocklington on Sunday in a game which ebbed and flowed with both sides having the opportunity to win.
In a tight first 15 minutes, despite the wet conditions, both sides flung the ball wide in an attempt to find scoring opportunities. Beverley’s back three stood up to the test admirably with Josh Willans and Sammy England making try saving tackles before the deadlock was broken to Beverley’s advantage with Louix Gorman finding space behind the onrushing Pocklington defence with a neat chip through. Man of the Match Henry Fenn continued his blistering form to control the ball neatly with his feet before touching down.
Unfortunately, the lead was short lived as Pocklington turned over the re-start before re-cycling the ball through two flowing phases to level the scores. Beverley seemed to have gone to sleep and the trance continued for a ten minute spell when Pocklington increased their advantage, dominating both the set piece and breakdown, with three further tries to stretch the lead to 20 points to 5.
Beverley needed a lift and they found it just before the break when George Youngs took a quick free kick to release Jacob Parkinson who beat two men before passing to the supporting Henry Welpton who charged over two defenders to make the score 20-10 at half time.
Buoyed by their comeback, Beverley started the second half on the offensive with Parkinson going over to get another try before he produced a superb running line from deep to latch onto Youngs pass and burst through the Pocklington defence. The ball was recycled quickly for the ever reliable Fenn to finish in the corner and tie up the score. The momentum was with Beverley, a strong surge from Welpton had him over the line before losing it in contact before grounding while another dash for the corner by Fenn was stopped by a high tackle but unfortunately, Beverley were unable to score from the resulting penalty.
Beverley’s pack had worked hard but the depth of the Pocklington squad rotating six substitutes to Beverley’s one began to make their presence felt and gaps began to appear. Dragged from side to side Beverley tried to stem the tide but Pocklington were displaying excellent skills at the breakdown releasing quick ball and overlaps that gave them three scores in the last ten minutes.