BEVERLEY Under-14’s brushed away early pressure to run out impressive 27-12 winners at Pocklington.
The home side moved forward ominously in the early minutes but were rebuffed by some strong defence from the likes of centres Rial and Cowey and it was Beverley who opened the scoring as leading try scorer Rodgers picked up at number eight to break through five tackles and touch down in the corner.
There again followed a period of sustained pressure from Pocklington and a mistake from a long kick by the visitors saw the ball hacked through and grounded by their centre. Level after 20 minutes it looked like that would be the half time score but the Beverley front row of Spence, Hopson and Reid had different ideas.
Pocklington were awarded a scrum for a Beverley knock on, just inside the Pocklington 22 and a clearing kick looked inevitable. That was until the Beverley scrum took one against the head and Rodgers was not about to waste this opportunity as he took off down the short side crossing for his second try of the day. Rial made the conversion and the whistle for half time went with Beverley leading 12-5.
The second half started badly for Beverley as they were counter rucked of their own ball which meant they could not put any phases of play together. When they then received a penalty when one of the Pocklington side failed to move away after the tackle, captain Hurst, opted for the 3 points. Rial steady as always slotted the kick and Beverley extended their lead to more than 2 scores.
Then Prescott, playing at first centre intercepted a pass and despite a valiant effort to catch him by the home winger he reached the. line. The Beverley side visibly relaxed and the handling errors disappeared, and when captain Hurst made the line break, he intelligently realised that Carling in support would have the gas to score. The pass went to hand and Carling soared over unopposed. Beverley unfortunately continued to relax and in the last minute allowed the Pocklington centre to cross for a consolation try.