BEVERLEY Under-14’s made light of a smaller squad than usual to defeat local rivals Hull Ionians 52-10.
With players still missing on Easter breaks, both teams appeared evenly matched in the early stages with both looking sharp in attack. First blood went to the home side who finally broke through some stern Ionians defence to send number 8 Eagle soaring over for a try which Rial converted.
There followed a period of stalemate before once again the hard running of Hopson and Vaux began to punch holes in the Ionians rearguard.. The next Beverley try came from one of Hopson’s carries and when he was held five yards short Spence came trundling in support and gathered the offload to prove unstoppable from short range. Rial again made good the conversion.
Play continued from the restart in the same vein with Ionians struggling to bring the Beverley strike runners down and this time it was Hopson who proved unstoppable close with Rial adding the extras to make it 21-0.
There followed a change of tactic from the restart. Ionians kicked deep and Beverley knocked on. From the five-metre scrum Ionians met dogged until their big loose-head prop crashed through and just made the line for an unconverted try.
Beverley kicked off and regained the ball moving the ball wide leading to further tries from hard running Kian Dugdale and flying winger Charlie Carling. With Rial converting one of them, the score at half time was Beverley 33 Ionians 5.
Beverley kicked off to restart the second half and the Ionians side looked reinvigorated. Some intelligent back play saw the Beverley side take play to the Ionians 22.
From a ruck Hopson took the ball at full pace from scrum half Ashley and brushed a tired Ionians defence aside to score his second. Rial again converted. Ionians came back hard with the kick off again going deep. It was well fielded by Beverley but the Ionians defence held Beverley within their 22. Ionians moved the ball wide to their flyer on the wing and he crossed wide out in the corner.
Beverley kicked off and chased hard forcing Ionians to knock on from the restart, No 8 Eagle picked up and raced off down the blind side, some great support play from a very mobile second row Hurst saw the momentum maintained.
The ball passed through t pairs of hands before being returned to Eagle to round off the move he started from 40 yards out. Rial made the conversion. The final word was always going to be Beverley’s when a set move from a scrum on the 10-metre line saw the ball moved to winger Carling who rounded his opposite number to score in the corner.