BEVERLEY Under-13’s endured a difficult day losing 25-5 at Dinnington in a match they could and probably should have won.
Beverley started brightly and inspirational skipper Parkinson made a foray deep into Dinnington territory before he was stopped in what would transpire to be a game changing two minutes. Suffering a groin injury in the challenge he went off not to return and was soon followed by fly half Spink who sustained a leg injury that kept him out of the action for the remainder of the half. Already missing long term injury casualty Couttie, together with Bayes and England for this match, Beverley now had to revamp a back division missing five regular starters. Fortunately, debutant centre Bryant Cruz was up to the challenge making the first of a number of incisive runs from a quick free kick to break through the home sides defence and touch down for the first score. Strong in the tackle, quick and direct with ball in hand Bryant made an impressive first start and will provide much joy for supporters in the months to come.
The remainder of the first half was scrappy; the game was constantly punctuated with handling errors and infringements from both sides giving it no flow but equally no apparent danger to Beverley’s lead. The final five minutes however, saw a swing to Dinnington from which Beverley would not recover. Turnover ball and missed tackles allowed the home side to equalize, before with the last play of the half, Beverley were pushed off their own attacking scrum just outside the 22. Dinnington capitalised on the error, running the length of the pitch for a 10-5 half time score.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first with few chances for either side; but in the last five minutes Beverley were taught a hard lesson being punished for failing to look after their own ball and take their own chances. Dinnington scored two break away tries from their own 22 together with a third the result of turnover ball won in Beverley’s half.
The final score was harsh and particularly unfair on Henry Welpton who had made hard yards in the tight and strong tackles in defence; and Man of the Match Dan Stevens who defended his flank manfully and made attacking forays that on another day could have born more fruit.
Conceding late tries has become a feature of the early season and it is clear the teams’ small squad size is a major contributing factor. Any boys wanting to try the game would be most welcome at training 6.30pm on Tuesday evenings at Beaver Park.