BEVERLEY Under-14’s travelled to York on Sunday emerging creditable 39-10 victors in this Yorkshire Cup fixture.
After a delayed start to allow the pitch to recover from overnight frost, the visitors had the perfect start when skipper Hurst broke free to feed Rial who crossed for a try after only 26 seconds. Rial also converted.
York were further stunned when an excellent backs move saw Carling cross in the corner and Beverley 12-0 after only three minutes.
Beverley were rampant at this point as clever kicking by Prescott maintained the pressure on a fragile York defence and the visitors controlled the scrum and set piece and it was no surprise when Rial crossed for his second try and 17-0 after Spence had earned a penalty just two yards from the line.
The Beavers may then have been tempted to relax and it was York who took advantage of a less than clinical clearance to score in the corner.
It was a momentary lapse as Beverley went through four phases of play to stretch the York defence allowing winger Dugdale to score in the corner for 22-5.
York responded strongly but the visitors shrugged off their attacks, won turn over ball and = number eight Rodgers caught a high Prescott kick in his stride to charge forward and a deft offload in the tackle sent Carling racing away from 40 yards. Rial added the extras for a 29-5 half-time score line.
York were much better after the break keeping the ball close and using their hard running forwards to greater effect.
However, they still could only watch as Prescott launched another attack through Knight. From a scrum, Prescott went bind and as the tackles came in Carling emerged to cross for his third.
York finally gained some decent ball but were limited to one try before Beverley finished in style as Hurst won a line-out with only seconds to go. Prop Hopson charged forward before Rial found back row colleague Eagle who carried the ball the 15 yards needed to cap a superb win.