BEVERLEY Under-13’s won a fractious battle against a physically intimidating Doncaster side 35 -0 in a game the hosts dominated from the start.
Beverley kicked off, entering the Doncaster half which they were not to leave for the next 24 minutes. Turnover ball was won deep in Doncaster territory that allowed Cruz to be set free for the first score. Doncaster then attempted to gain some control by keeping the ball tight and using their strong ball carrying forwards but this was a day when the Beverley pack stood firm and took the plaudits in delivering the platform for victory.
Pearson topped the tackle count stopping any chance of Doncaster momentum. Welpton and Killgannon attacked the ball in the maul, ripping possession away from the ball carrier and man of the match Willans put in another impressive performance covering the ground and linking the phases for Beverley.
Beverley’s second try was the pick of their seven, from a strong attacking scrum on the Doncaster 22, the backs perfectly executed a set play that allowed the deep running Parkinson through a huge hole and under the posts, 10-0.
The familiar sight of a Pearson tackle being followed by Welpton turning over the ball gave England possession in space to score the third. A blindside burst from Parkinson released Gorman for 20-0 half time score.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first; to Doncaster’s great credit, the visitors never gave up and continued to come hard at Beverley in an attempt to gain a foothold in the game. The fierce physicality led to a number of stoppages and both sides using their full squad; in Beverley’s case this produced the joy of seeing two Bayes brothers in unison at half back during the second half. Max playing up an age group to boost the squad came off the bench to make a wonderful snipe that England supported to gain his second try.
There were bruises aplenty but a great deal of pride as Cruz and Fenn completed the try scoring to deliver Beverley a well-deserved victory.