BEVERLEY Under-14’s bowed out of the Yorkshire Cup after a 40-7 home defeat to Morley in a game where the final score belied the closeness of the contest.
The tone of the match was set from the kick off when the Morley skipper gathered the ball only to be met full-on by the Beverley captain Hurst. No quarter was going to be given and none asked.
Beverley were on the back foot in the early minutes before a knock on led to a scrum won by the home side and fly half Prescott began moving the side forward. However, the side was lacking its usual penetration and Morley were defending well. A spilled ball on the Beverley wing saw the visitors stride forward for an unconverted try despite a great tackle from Dugdale.
Beverley set about getting back into the game and created a passage of play where they managed to win their own ball at successive rucks, despite some great counter rucking and competition from Morley. The quality of the ball was not what the Beverley backs were used to and the back line found themselves under increasing pressure. Prescott showed great rugby intelligence kicking accurately wide and long on several occasions and had the ball bounced kindly Beverley would have crossed.
Beverley did eventually score next after some great defensive work saw the Morley winger lose the ball. Quick hands from Cowey gave the ball to Carling and from 25 metres out, with two men to beat, he put his considerable pace to work rounding both Morley backs to run in between the sticks and give Beverley the lead.
Morley now kicked off having not conceded a try in the cup until this point. Beverley absorbed the pressure well for the remainder of the half but were unable to secure any ball and it was a tired Beverley side that missed the Morley winger who had the gas to run in the converted try and a 12-7 Morley lead at the break.
It was clear the next score would be decisive and it was Morley’s edge at the breakdown that paid dividends when there centre broke the Beverley line on the 22 to be driven over for Morley’s third try. The Beverley lads continued to battle on but tired giving up three further converted tries in the last eight minutes of the match.
The Beverley lads played well and showed how much they had improved in the last six months from when the sides had last met and deserved the compliments they received from Morley’s coaching staff.