BEVERLEY Under-14’s entertained local rivals Driffield on Sunday running out 41-24 winners.
Beverley kicked off and immediately put pressure on Driffield. After six successive phases Driffield went to move the ball only for their centre to knock on. Beverley had the ascendancy in the scrum and a blind-side move saw winger Webb cross wide out after only 60 seconds.
The home side moved further ahead after seven minutes when prop Hopson was stopped as he rampaged forward but support was there from Wilkinson who crossed to make it 10-0. Driffield regroup and soon made it 10-7 with a converted try before they crossed again to take the lead.
Beverley knew they were in a battle and reacted well when good work by Rodgers sent winger Carling racing over to make it 15-12 to the home side. Eagle then managed a superb solo try although the 20-12 half-time lead flattered Beverley
Driffield kicked off the second half and set about Beverley with renewed vigour and this paid dividends when they crossed after some weak tackling by Beverley. Beverley took charge again 10 minutes into the second half when some good forward interplay saw Prescott hit a great cross field attacking kick, collected by winger Webb who was halted by a high tackle. However, he got the offload in and fullback Foreman still with 15 yards to go picked a lovely line to cross near the sticks and make it Beverley 27 Driffield 17.
Beverley fielded the kick off again and there followed a sustained period of pressure from Driffield, when the Beverley defence again gave way with nine minutes to go as this nail biter moved to Beverley 27 Driffield 24.
The game remained tight until Eagle broke a tackle and kept going with his pack in close support to cross under the sticks.
The kick off was secured by Hopson and again Beverley played with intelligence keeping it close, through consistent pressure play moved to the Driffield 22. A pickup from a Beverley scrum saw Rodgers brought down with 15 yards to go, when prop Hopson picked and drove for the line.
A tired Driffield set of backs just did not have enough left to stop the rampaging prop who crossed with several Driffield lads in attendance.