BEVERLEY RUFC Under-14’s managed to beat the weather but not their nemesis as they fell to a narrow 21-17 defeat at home to Morley on Sunday.
The decision to delay the kick off to allow the pitch to thaw seemed a good one as Beverley dominated the opening 20 minutes demonstrating superb rucking and recycling skills against a quality opposition.
However, they were unable to make the most of their possession as the miserly visiting defence broke only once to allow winger Carling to cross for a try after 18 minutes.
The 5-0 lead proved flimsy as Morley began to gain decent ball and proved clinical finishers with three tries and a 21-5 lead.
The home side though were in a determined mood and reasserted themselves as they moved the ball wide left from a lineout on the Morley five metre line and right win Carling – always looking for work – appeared as the extra man to score.
Turning round 21-10 behind, the Beverley lads stuck manfully to their task as the snow began to fall. Chasing a long kick, Rodgers picked up and looked like he would cross as usual but the Morley side showed their quality and he was brought down short.
What followed was a beautiful piece of support rugby from centre Wilkinson. Rodgers, catching sight of his run, flipped the ball up inch perfect for Wilkinson to gather without breaking stride and nobody could stop him as he dived over the line. Prescott slotted the conversion from wide out making it 21-17 with 10 minutes to go.
Unfortunately that was how it would end. This fixture was always going to require character and both sides showed it in spades.
The Beverley boys had to raise themselves not just to handle the excellent rugby Morley can play but also to tackle the very cold conditions. This they did showing grit and determination beyond their years.