The ‘best team performance for a couple of years’ was how the coach accurately summed up what had been a thrilling match in which Beverley Under-13’s came from 15 points behind to beat Wetherby 35-30.
Beverley started brightly, territory and possession eventually being converted after 10 minutes when Parkinson followed up a surge from Welpton to draw his man and release Stevens for a try in the corner. Playing with the wind and down the slope in the first half Wetherby came back into the game, a strong drive by their forwards decimating the Beverley defence to release the left wing for the first of his three tries.
Beverley were under pressure and a second for the home side followed before a delightful interchange between Stevens and England made progress, with England’s deft chip through taking Beverley thundering towards the Wetherby line; recycled ball allowed Fenn to score under the posts.
A team try and one to be proud of as the score was tied 10-10. Unfortunately, Beverley then had one of their ‘five poor minutes’, ending the half conceding two soft tries to trail 20-10 at half time.
Beverley started the second half as strongly as the first but allowed the ball to be turned over in the middle of the park which Wetherby converted for a 25-10 lead.
After a difficult season being on the wrong end of tight situations it would have been easy for the Beverley heads to drop but they then produced 20 minutes of courage, determination and skill of which they should be proud. Good pressure created an overlap for England to touch down and start the comeback.
Killgannon, surged out of his 22 from the resultant kick off returning the ball with purpose to the half way line which was recycled for Man of the Match Fenn to stand up his opponent and go round the outside for 25-20. Willans and Stevens charged after the deep kick off to force a knock on from the home defence and an attacking scrum on the Wetherby try line from which Bayes put in Gorman.
The momentum was Beverley’s as demonstrated by Cracknall lining up a man twice his size to deliver the tackle of the season and rock the whole Wetherby team backwards.
An attacking scrum for Beverley with good handling down the line gave Fenn his third and Beverley the lead which they were to hold until the final whistle and complete a thunderous comeback.