BEVERLEY RUFC Under-16’s played one of their best games of the season as they lost 24-19 to a very strong West Park Leeds on Sunday.
The hosts are one of the best teams in this age group and soon had Beverley under pressure as fly half Joe Smith gave them an early advantage with a converted try after only three minutes. And things looked ominous as they added an unconverted try with only 10 minutes gone.
However, the visiting forwards showed their experience by holding good possession and disrupting the home side and fly half Sam Peers reduced the deficit by touching down his own kick and chase. Kai Johnson added the extras. West Park hit back just before half time to make it 17-7.
Beverley restarted the second half strongly and West Park punted to touch as they struggled to break the Beavers defence.
Now followed a superb half of rugby in which both sides gave their all. Both teams only had one replacement available on the day and at times played on with walking wounded and sometimes sportingly reduced their numbers to match the opposition whilst players received treatment.
Captain George Bennett-Teare touched the try line following repeated crash ball after a penalty tap but was adjudged to have committed a double movement.
Beverley's prop Tom Baker scored 10 minutes into the second half and at 17-12 things were very finely balanced. The pendulum swung to the home side’s advantage again with another converted try but Beverley hit back with a second try from man of the match Baker, this one converted by Johnson.
Although Beverley now had the ascendency in terms of momentum, the home side were still very much capable of scoring from anywhere on the park but failed in the closing minutes to capitalise.
Beverley could sense victory and mounted a sustained attack deep inside the oppositions territory. With repeat phases and the hosts tackling their hearts out it seemed certain that the Beavers were about to snatch a famous victory but a dangerous looking head injury to Beverley's second rower Will Hatherley brought play correctly to a halt for assessment and the final decisive attack of the game was over.