Beverley RUFC Under-15’s slumped to a 19-26 defeat against Pocklington in a hard-fought but unfocussed, match.
Pocklington opened the scoring with two tries in the first ten minutes – the second the result of an intercepted pass.
Beverley were failing to capitalise on field position, squandering try-scoring opportunities out wide and too often leaving their runners isolated.
It took another 15 minutes before the Beavers strung their plays together consistently enough to allow first Tom Barnard and then Harrison Petrie over for tries – the latter with a good conversion by Alex Nuttall to level the score at 12-12 at half-time.
The fight back was short-lived however as, straight from the restart, Pocklington flooded the Beverley defence, pinning the home side back deep in their own half.
Beverley weathered the storm but finally gave away a converted try at the end of the third quarter. Play swung backwards and forwards until the deadlock was broken by a second Petrie try, converted by Nuttall to tie the scores again.
With everything to play for - and 10 minutes remaining - Beverley began to lay siege to Pocklington’s try line, before a second interception saw the Pocklington centre sprint from deep in his own half to touch down under Beverley’s posts.
With just two minutes left, and now needing a converted try just to draw the match, Beverley had one last assault on Pocklington’s try line, but it was a case of too little, too late.
The final scoreline was probably a fair result, but did not represent the quality of play that Beverley are capable of producing, and the team will have to improve their performance significantly when they welcome Wetherby to Beaver Park next week.