BEVERLEY RUFC Under-15’s were narrowly beaten 11-0 by Yarnbury in a gripping Yorkshire Cup second preliminary round tie at home on Sunday.
In a ferociously competitive game both teams left everything on the field with strong defence the order of the day. The smaller Beverley forwards carried well with Harrison Petrie a constant threat and returning captain Ben Wilkinson repeatedly capturing turnover ball.
Beverley gained some excellent possession. In the backs Eden Quantock kicked and distributed the ball well, Sam Acaster’s line speed prevented the Yarnbury centres gaining momentum and Nathan Cullen was a constant menace with the ball in hand and only some valiant tackling stopped him scoring.
Yarnbury took the lead when they capitalised on a Beverley error midway through the half and converted the penalty to give them a 3-0 half time lead.
The closely fought game continued after the break as another penalty made it 6-0 to the visitors. The home side responded with a series of high tempo attacks and they were unlucky when, after a great run by Tom Barnard, the forwards drove over the line only for a knock on to deny them. And it was Yarnbury who made sure when a last-minute try secured them the win.
The Beverley man of their match award went to number 8 Ben Walker who tackled and carried the ball exceptionally well. The side now move into the Yorkshire Bowl competition and look forward to welcoming West Park Leeds on November 5 to Beaver Park.