Beverley Under-15’s learned a hard lesson as they suffered a 31-19 defeat at home to Roundhegians in a match that on another day they could have won.
That day though would have seen a greater intensity and a return to the flowing and expansive game demonstrated in the last few weeks as the drop in tempo and effort allowed the visitors a deserved victory. Beverley were missing their regular fly-half but this was no excuse for the slow start and missed tackles that allowed Roundhegians an early unconverted try. The Beavers bounced back and a series of strong runs from prop Harrison Petrie were rewarded with a try converted by Tom Barnard and the latter then ran deep from full back to cross under the posts and convert for a 14-5 lead. The visitors then closed to within two points but with Jasper Ghio and Nathan Cullen in lively mood and skipper Ben Wilkinson and number 8 Ben Walker controlling e middle of the park it was only a matter of time before Petrie scored his second. The visitors ominously levelled at 19-19 before the break.
Beverley knew they had to move up a gear in the second half but just could not reach their usual level especially at the breakdown. Too many times Roundhegians forced through rucks and stole ball from under Beverley’s nose. The problems were compounded by a string of minor injuries through the early minutes of the half which in the forwards saw Ollie Waites coming into the game to cover for Petrie and Cameron Lawley switching with Ghio while in the backs Harry Gunn came on for left-wing Ben Ashley, who had delivered some strong and pacey runs before being forced off with a wrist injury. Throughout the half Beverley’s seeming inability to use the width of the field reduced the potential of their attacking play. Meanwhile, Roundhegians kept up the pressure and, although Beverley held them out for the third quarter, they finally broke through Beverley’s defence, crossing for an unconverted try and retaking the lead for the first time since the eighth minute. With everything still to play for, both teams kept working hard, but Roundhegians were building their momentum and putting together more inventive passages of play, touching down for a converted try to seal the win.