Fixture Summary

  • Season 2017 / 2018
  • Team 1st XV
  • Opponent Middlesbrough
  • Home or Away Away
  • Date of Match 24th February 2018
  • Kick Off Time 2:15 pm
  • Played Yes
  • Beverley RUFC Score 22
  • Opponent Score 36
 

Match Sponsors

1st XV Middlesbrough Away - Lost 36-22

Match Report

Not much joy here for Beverley.  Over the years they have seldom had much success at Acklam Park and today was no exception.  A catalogue of errors, missed tackles, and conceded penalties, left them trailing 22-5 at halftime.  It was not a great first half.  They were left with a big hill to climb and in the end it proved just unattainable despite a splendid second half effort which got them to within striking distance of taking the lead.

 

The first quarter of an hour seemed to be little more than a relentless stream of penalties awarded against Beverley in their own 22.  For some time it looked ominously likely that we were in for a second successive dismal week of incessant whistle blowing.  It seemed inevitable that Middlesbrough must capitalise but Beverley somehow held out and a remarkable fifty metre clearance kick to touch by Phil Duboulay from a tight angle eventually got play into enemy territory.  Sadly from the resulting lineout throw, which from the touchline looked anything but straight, Middlesbrough swept the ball across field to left wing Shaun Moloney who sprinted clear from halfway for the game’s first try.

 

Beverley’s response was immediate.  Direct from the restart Jack Garvin got away down the right and Luke Hazell was on hand to touch down to level the scores.  But Middlesbrough, despite a good deal of suspect handling, had pacy backs who continued to pose the greater threat.  They ran strongly at the Beverley defence which frequently threatened to buckle.  At least the penalty count began to dry up although home fly half Andrew Baggett did kick another to increase the lead to 8-5.

 

Beverley began to look a bit more up for it as the half progressed but two converted tries on the stoke of halftime by scrum half Conor Foley and number eight Euan Tremlett took Middlesbrough well clear at 22-5.

 

Beverley faced an uphill struggle in the second half when they set off not only with a 17 point deficit but also facing the stiff breeze.  Straight from the kick-off they played with far greater intensity and took the game to their opponents.  But things got worse before they got better  A loose pass in midfield let Middlesbrough in again and centre Peter Homan raced away to stretch the home lead to 22 points.

 

But Beverley were not to be denied.  Their handling in the backs was sharper than Middlesbrough’s and they put together some crisp moves without managing to break the home defence.  Perhaps a bit too often the ball was turned back inside leaving Garvin and Hazell, their two most potent attackers, uninvolved out wide. 

 

Nonetheless the side did begin to claw its way back admirably.  Despite a second Baggett penalty for Middlesbrough Hazell with a clean break on the 22 crossed for a try which Duboulay converted; Jack Houseman touched down following a forward drive; and then Hazell, slipping out of numerous tackles, went over for his third try.  30-22 with ten minutes to go and Beverley were right back in it.  Moreover they were completely on top and the home side were now beginning to hang on.  Alfie Hart-Fisher was enjoying an impressive second half making good ground at blind-side and the pack as a whole was giving it everything.  Another determined attack in the home 22 with five minutes to go looked certain to bring another score but the ball was knocked on in midfield.  It proved to be the end of Beverley hopes as Middlesbrough cleared from the resulting scrum and the game petered out with Baggett kicking two more penalties in the dying minutes.

 

It was a disappointing result for Beverley but this was always going to be a tough fixture against opponents also in the little group pulling away at the top of Yorkshire One.  Happily it was something of a free game, being merely a match they had in hand.  At least they got a four try bonus point and they still remain nicely situated in second place.

 

John Nursey

Team Selection

1. Kris Renwick

2. Raymond Coates

3. Matty Brown

4. Isaac Keighley 

5. Lewis Starbuck

6. Alfred Hart-Fisher

7. Dale Hodgeson

8. Jack Housman

 

9. Will Harrison

10. Phil Duboulay (C)

11. Daniel Thomson

12. Will Turnbull

13. James Graham

14. Jack Garvin

15. Luke Hazell

 

Bench

16. Sam Fell

17. Lewis Szarma 

18. Steve Payne

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