BEVERLEY Under-15’s failed to capitalise on their recent good form slipping to a 29-12 home defeat against an under-strength Dinnington.
The visitors were short on numbers and Beverley’s Harry Gunn agreed to pull on the Dinnington colours to allow a full 15-a-side game. However, with both teams missing regular front row players, the match was played with uncontested scrums.
Beverley were quickly into their stride with strong forward play pinning Dinnington into their own 22. A strong run by centre Nathan Cullen, followed by an intelligent offload, saw full-back Tom Barnard gather the ball just outside the five metre line and cut through the Dinnington defence to score with Alex Nuttall adding the conversion.
Dinnington hit back moving the ball wide to their roving winger who managed to outflank the Beverley defence for a converted try. The game then settled but with strong tackling from centre Sam Acaster and number 8 Ben Wilkinson and a solid performance from Barney Malster, Beverley were firm in the midfield and Dinnington had to rely on moving the ball wide through their backs to stretch the home defence.
Eventually however the visitor’s tenacity paid off as another wide move, this time on the right wing, saw them cross for an unconverted try just five minutes before half-time to give them a seven point lead at the break.
With their first-half play seeming a little jaded, Beverley appeared to lift their mood quickly after the restart as Cullen took a good clean ball from Eden Quantock at fly-half, and sprinted clear for a try after just three minutes. A straightforward conversion from Nuttall levelled the score at 12-12. A flurry of changes from Beverley saw the improving Oliver Waites come off the substitute’s bench to replace Josh Dillon in the second row and Jasper Law replace Adam Skeates at scrum-half.
However, it was the visitors who moved ahead with a converted try just a few minutes later. Despite ferocious defending by hard-working right wing Ben Ashley and a strong performance from ever-improving Aaron Waring on the left wing the Dinnington backs proved a constant menace. Whilst the Beverley forwards provided a stable platform, the backs failed to capitalise on good field position and the side conceded another unconverted try at the mid-point of the second half. Beverley had one final roll of the dice, bringing Dillon back on to replace a tiring Toby Ashworth from front row and recalling Skeates.
The team pulled together to repel repeated Dinnington attacks until, with the last play of the match, Dinnington crossed for a final unconverted try.