ANY hopes Driffield had of gaining revenge over Beverley RUFC Under-14’s for their Yorkshire Cup Bowl semi-final defeat two weeks ago proved fruitless as the home side emerged winners again, this time by 31-7.
The visitors suffered a serious blow when they lost one of their props to a broken collar bone in the first minute, a sad injury that allowed Beverley to gain early scrum dominance through their front row of Hobson, Reid and Bosworth.
This led to several phases of possession from which Liam Foreman found a great line to cross for a try.
Beverley continued to play fluid, 15-man rugby well controlled by half backs Scanlan and Prescott.
This led to a second try from the back of a ruck by No.8 Oliver Eagle. Driffield responded with their own score after a mix-up following a clearing kick from the fullback. The home side bounced back immediately when some good back play gave Charlie Carling space to cut inside and score.
The second half started with some scrappy play with Beverley squandering some good field positions. Driffield were also defending well but the fortunes were not with them as they suffered three more injuries reducing the game to 13-a-side for the last 10 minutes. The visitors kept plugging away but their attacks were repeatedly rebuffed by the determined defending of Cowie, Wilkinson and Webb.
Strong forward play by captain Hirst, man of the match Oliver Vaux, Godfrey and Mackie also kept Beverley moving forward allowing space for Carling to score his second and Prescott to run under the posts in the final five minutes.