Fixture Summary

  • Season 2017 / 2018
  • Team 1st XV
  • Opponent North Ribblesdale
  • Home or Away Away
  • Date of Match 2nd December 2017
  • Kick Off Time 2:15 pm
  • Played Yes
  • Beverley RUFC Score 26
  • Opponent Score 6

Match Sponsors

1st XV North Ribblesdale Away - Won 6-26

Match Report

Beverley travelled across to Settle for their longest trip of the season to take on North Ribblesdale in this Yorkshire Div 1 match. They had a much changed side due to several injuries and unavailability’s (perhaps, due to the distance, mainly the latter!). Showing 8 changes, they took time to settle, but did keep up their custom of conceding a third minute penalty which the Ribblesdale No 10 duly converted to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.

Ribblesdale continued to press and looked extremely lively in the opening stages. When the Beavers did get possession they were thwarted by some tenacious tackling from Ribblesdale’s defence and it looked as though the first half would end up at that scoreline. However, after 37 minutes, Beverley’s most fluid move of the half saw Luke Hazell make the breakthrough on the left wing to touch down in the corner to give them a somewhat fortunate half time lead of 3-5.

The second half proved to be a different matter and after an early Ribblesdale attack Beverley moved the ball up field and Raymond Coates (a.k.a. Chav) scored a good forwards try which Phil Duboulay converted (3-12). 5 minutes later Ribblesdale came back and, from a penalty No 10 Mickey Thwaite reduced the arrears to 6-12.

Play was pretty even and Ribblesdale certainly did not look like a struggling team. They are a youngish side and played with a great deal of enthusiasm. Fortunately for Beverley, when they looked like scoring they had a tendency to spill the ball!

Beverley gradually began to impose themselves on the game and after 70 minutes Sam Fell scuttled over from a maul to score a try which Phil Duboulay converted to make it 6-19 and put some clear water between the sides for the first time in the match.

Beverley then pressed hard for the Bonus point try which eventually came with the last play of the match through a Jack Howdle try, again converted by Phil Duboulay to make the final score 6-26.

Sadly, the gloomy weather prevented us admiring the scenery on the drive over to Settle, and, although the game itself was a little dour, the hospitality and friendliness of the North Ribblesdale club officials and supporters, together with the result made the trip worthwhile.

Sam Fell was man of the match for Beverley and it was particularly nice to see Junior Tupai and James Mackay, two Bandits veterans, helping out and both lasting the full eighty minutes, which just proves there is no substitute for class and experience.

Malcolm Cunningham

Team Selection

1. Raymond Coates
2. Sam Fell
3. Matty Brown
4. Adam Corkish
5. Jack Houseman
6. Lewis Starbuck
7. Alex McPeake
8. Isaac Keighley
9. Junior Tupai
10. Phil Duboulay
11. Daniel Thomson
12. Will Turnbull
13. Jack Howdle
14. James Graham
15. Luke Hazell

16. Bill McLough
17. James McKay
18. Rhys Innes

Season at a Glance

1st XV Next Match26th Jan 19

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Hullensians (Home)

1st XV Last Match19th Jan 19

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Guisborough (Home)
Won 57-10

2nd XV Next Match26th Jan 19

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Hornsea (Away)

2nd XV Last Match19th Jan 19

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Malton (Away)
Lost 15-12