Beverley Under-16's made the long trip to Huddersfield only to suffer a frustrating 23-17 defeat in the shadow of the imposing Lockwood Railway Viaduct.
Both sides showed good momentum early on but it was the home side who finally breached the strong Beverley defence to score a converted try after a penalty for a high tackle. The visitors quickly regained their composure and a smooth backs move finally outwitted the rush defence of Huddersfield only for winger Tom Meldon to be forced into touch. However, a lineout steal from skipper George Bennett-Teare saw a drive deep into home territory and a penalty for offside. The ball was quickly shipped to hooker Jan Winter who was stopped just short of the line but the ball was moved to wing harry Vorwerg who beat three defenders to score an unconverted try.
The home side took advantage of a series of penalties to land a three-pointer before notching a a second converted try. The game was fiercely contested and the visitors lost both scrum half Lewis Egan with a suspected broken nose and second rower, Will Hatherley, to a dislocated shoulder. Huddersfield finished the half strongly and took the three points from a Beverley accidental offside to lead 20-5.
Early in the second half, Huddersfield again took the opportunity to keep the scoreboard ticking over with another penalty. The home side then lost their fullback to the sin bin for a high tackle. A period of scrappy play followed where both sides were guilty of losing possession, with Beverley also losing the influential Vorwerg to a yellow card for being off his feet in a ruck.
Beverley upped their intensity in a strong finish. A series of pick and drives from their excellent forwards was rewarded with a try for prop Tom Megson. The forwards continued to dominate in the set piece and another scrum won against the head was picked up by Bennett-Teare and moved quickly away from the point of contact by replacement scrum half Harry Trulson. Two quick passes fed Vorwerg, now back on the field, who sliced open the defence for a try under the posts, converted by Meldon.
In the dying minutes of the game, Huddersfield lost their fullback to a red card but with Beverley striving for a winning score, the home defence held firm for a hard fought win.
Beverley should take a lot away from this game as they came back well and gave themselves a good chance to win. However, over the course of the game, too many handling errors and a lack of precision ultimately cost them dearly.