BEVERLEY Under-15’s can take heart from a battling 26-7 defeat against a very good Dinnington side.
Travelling with the bare minimum of players – and ending the game with 14 after an injury to Tom Barnard – Beverley did not shirk from an onerous task with a number of positional changes including a first start to second row Oliver Waites, Cameron Lawley switching to hooker, Barnard moving to fly half and Alex Nuttall covering at full back.
The well-drilled home forwards began strongly but were repelled by the tackling of Ben Walker, Harrison Petrie and Josh Dillon while backs such as Nathan Cullen, Sam Acaster, Ben Ashley and Aaron Waring were lively in both attack and defence.
Dinnington resorted to frequent mauls and after a penalty gained them a lineout five metres from the Beverley line, their larger pack drove over for a converted try. A penalty try was then awarded in similar circumstances leaving the half time score 14-0.
A rare home mistake minutes into the second half gave Beverley turnover ball and a Barnard kick was chased and collected by Cullen who sprinted half the pitch to score under the posts. Barnard converted but left the field soon after injured.
Dinnington used the bench to refresh their efforts and despite urgent defence from the likes of Jasper Ghio and Toby Ashworth and clever probing from Ben Wilkinson the home side scored two further tries to seal the win.