BEVERLEY RUFC Under-15’s gave a good account of themselves in a 26-7 defeat to a strong Wetherby side.
Wetherby, warming up for their Yorkshire Cup semi-final against Old Brodleians next week, took an early advantage by scoring a brace of tries in the first 10 minutes in a one-sided opening as Beverley struggled to get out of the starting blocks.
The Beavers then settled and from there on the game was fairly even with both teams defending strongly and looking dangerous in attack.
Some exceptional tackling from Ben Walker and Ben Wilkinson in the back row ensured that Wetherby progress was restricted and strong offensive running came from Josh Dillon, Jasper Ghio and new recruit Kian Jacquin.
The dynamic running eventually paid off when Tom Barnard slipped a pass to Nathan Cullen who cut through the Wetherby defence to score under the posts. Alex Nuttall converted.
With all to play for in the second half, both teams showed determination in defence and attack, Beverley had to shuffle some players around at times with Cameron Lawley showing his versatility playing in a number of positions.
Jasper Law was also replaced due to an injury with winger Ben Ashley covering well at full back.
This was the best performance for a number of weeks and although a loss it demonstrated the Beverley can compete at the highest level in Yorkshire.
Men of the match went to the impressive Walker and Wilkinson for their excellent breakdown and defensive work.