Beverley Under 15’s travelled to Yarnbury and displayed true grit and determination before losing 14-0 in a highly-competitive match despite the wet conditions.
The visitors played some excellent rugby in a first half with most of the play in the Yarnbury half. Birthday boy Harrison Petrie was excellent and a constant menace at the breakdown. Ben Walker and Ben Wilkinson put in some sublime tackles throughout and Jasper Ghio consistently made ground around the loose and good breakdown work from Alex Crockett, Toby Ashworth and Josh Dillon maintained the pressure on the home team. The improving Alex Nuttall also was strong in defence and attacking, looked for the support pass and made some crucial tackling throughout.
In the backs, Eden Quantock returned at fly half and consistently ensured that Yarnbury were pinned back in their half. Adam Skeates distributed well at scrum half and the backs of Sam Acaster, Nathan Cullen and Tom Barnard always looked to threaten the Yarnbury line which was in a mean mood. Ben Ashley and Aaron Waring worked hard on the wings, but with the conditions didn’t see too much ball but were always solid when defending.
Beverley had some good possession and showed aggression throughout the game to frustrate their opponents, Yarnbury’s strength in the rolling mauls enabled them to gain a rare opportunity late in the first half and following a penalty on the Beverley line they drove the ball over to score the first try for a 7-0 lead at the break.
Beverley brought on replacements Cameron Lawley, Oliver Waites, Barney Malster, Jasper Law and Harry Gunn and they all demonstrated the strength the team possesses.
Yarnbury attempted to make the most of the wind and slope but Beverley changed their game plan and carried the ball in significant numbers of phases gaining ground at every opportunity. Yarnbury did manage a further converted try, a scrappy affair when Beverley were guilty of not securing loose ball.
Men of the match went to Petrie, Walker and Wilkinson who were all tireless in their efforts.