Expectations were high for a competitive fixture between Beverley Under-13’s and a Goole side who have always provided strong opposition through the age groups.
Unfortunately, Goole were hindered by a loss of players and a lack of match practice with their permanently waterlogged ground causing this fixture to be switched to Beverley who ran out 90-5 winners.
By comparison the home side are high on confidence and stretched their winning streak to six in a rampant display that saw hat tricks for James Couttie, Bryant Cruz and Louix Gorman; two tries for Sam Bayes, Sammy England and Jacob Parkinson with one each for Henry Fenn, Jude Kilgannon and Dillon Wilkinson.
On a day when there were too many stand out performances to mention three tries in the second half illustrated the development of the side over recent months. In the main this revolves around a pack that is growing in stature and laying a platform for the backs to create and finish their opportunities. The pick of the tries was the eighth when the home side stopped a Goole attack and swarmed over the ball with an urgency and energy to support their team mates that was missing from their opponents. Turn over ball secured, the back line moved swiftly and accurately to left wing England who touched down in the corner to complete a try in which all thirteen players played their part. Ten minutes later the pack were at it again; a Goole free kick on half way went backwards rather than forwards as each green and white tackler drove their man towards their own line throwing the opposition into a succession of panicked passes until Parkinson was on hand to collect a handling error and dive over from a couple of yards.
The final try illustrated the versatility of the side. Man of the match Kilgannon has excelled in the loose this season, consistently ripping balls from opponents clutches and creating turnover ball; normally part of the front row he packed down in the second row for the first half to cover absentees and then showed his composure, ball handling skills and footwork to cover at fly half in the second half.
Having spun and confused the opposition to set up Bayes for his second try it was entirely appropriate he was on hand to finish the last move of the match capping a fine all round performance and seal the victory.