BEVERLEY Under-13’s travelled to West Yorkshire for their re-arranged Yorkshire Cup fixture against Morley emerging victorious with a superb 30-10 win.
Last week’s quarter-final had to be abandoned because of frost and there was still a crunch underfoot which - aligned with the rain and low temperatures - produced difficult conditions for both sides to master.
Beverley started as if they would prefer the warmth of the changing rooms with three missed tackles allowing Morley to break down their left flank and score a soft try in the corner. This provided the kick start Beverley needed to fire them into action and dominate the game.
As is often the case skipper Parkinson led from the front winning turnover ball in the Morley half giving Fenn space to finish his tenth try of the season and tie up the scores. Man of the match Bayes was the next on the score line, taking the blindside option from a Beverley scrum and using supporting wing Stevens to confound the home defence with a subtle feint; a show of the ball and glance of the eyes was enough to glide effortlessly between two defenders for 10-5.
The visitors were now moving into top gear and showing the tenacity in defence that has defined their resurgence in the last month. Returning to the fold, Spink added his tackling strength to the midfield as Beverley gave the home side no respite in possession. Up front Wilkinson was having his best game of recent weeks winning 50:50 balls in the loose and making a couple of eye catching breaks.
Hard hours on the training pitch were paying dividends as the forwards moved through the phases, controlled the break down and rolled the mauls that created further opportunities. Bayes and Fenn uncharacteristically dropped the greasy ball with the line at their mercy and Gorman was inches from touching down a chip through from Parkinson as it limped over the dead ball line.
With half time beckoning and facing a second half up a significant slope Beverley needed to transfer their advantage from the pitch to the scoreboard. Time for one of the team leaders to step forward and scrum half Youngs did not disappoint. The epitome of his trade, George hustled and harried his opposite number to create turnover ball which found its way to Bayes who this time chose to draw his man and release Stevens to give the visitors a 15-5 advantage at half time.
Beverley’s forwards started the second half well, rolling their maul up the hill deep into the opponents 22 from where Fenn made no mistake in completing his brace of tries. An error of judgement then let Morley briefly back into the game when an attempted chip was charged down and returned the full length of the pitch for the home side to reduce the deficit to two tries. The value of keeping the ball in hand was then demonstrated as Parkinson repeated a carbon copy of his try from the previous fixture against Doncaster with a set play off the back of an attacking scrum leaving him in acres of space to increase the lead to 25-10.
Beverley then controlled the ball, territory and clock for the remaining 15 minutes while Bayes completed the scoring for a 30-10 victory and a well-deserved place in the semi-finals.