In the end a comfortable win which took Beverley up to second place in Yorkshire One. After twenty minutes this match looked like being a whitewash. Beverley were then already twenty four points up with a four try bonus point in the bag. But by the time the game went into its last quarter it had all changed and Beverley, while not exactly hanging on, were certainly having their work cut out to finish with the win. Not for the first time it was ultimately left to Luke Hazell to see them over the line with a clinching try.
An excellent, entertaining game at Pontefract where the newly promoted and thus far unbeaten home side entertained a much changed Beverley side. Already this season, after only three matches, the list of injuries suffered by the Beavers is mounting at a worrying rate. The most serious of those is the damage suffered to the influential stand off and skipper Phil Duboulay who last week had to undergo eye surgery and who will be out of action for some time.
Beverley kicked off in this Yorks League Division 1 league match in persistent drizzle and Moortown immediately mounted a series of attacks which Beverley did well to defend. Moortown looked strong and managed to retain possession very well.
Plenty here for Beverley to take encouragement from but still a hugely disappointing outcome to this opening fixture. For three-quarters of the match it had all looked so promising. Beverley led 19-12, were well on top, and looked odds-on winners until they fell apart in the last quarter of an hour during which they conceded four tries and ended up with a fairly heavy defeat.
On a glorious sunny day with the pitch at Beaver Park looking in excellent condition, a good crowd were anticipating some good running rugby in the game between Champions York and a Beverley side seeking revenge for the single point defeat that they suffered at York on the opening day of the season last September. They were no to be disappointed!
Ribblesdale kicked off with a beautifully judged kick by stand off Michael Thwaite, fielded by flanker Richard Wood, whilst the Beverley forwards failed to challenge it. This set up a difficult opening 5 minutes during which the Beavers never touched the ball but in which the gave away 3 penalties! From the third of these Michael Thwaite gave Ribblesdale a deserved lead (0-3).
Beverley kicked off in this top of the table clash at Beaver Park with both sides looking to pick up the points to consolidate their positions in second and third place respectively. After 5 minutes a Scarborough forward was caught offside and Phil Duboulay kicked the resulting penalty (3-0).
Beverley came out on top against Heath for the third time this season in a bruising encounter at North Dean, Halifax, to maintain their second position in the league and put a dent in Heath’s promotion ambitions.
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.
It is very difficult to write a report of this game, since the only memorable thing about it was the constant sound of the referee’s whistle. He was pernickety in the extreme throughout the match and, as a result, try as they did, neither side could produce any sort of flowing rugby. Virtually every tackle made above mid chest height was deemed to be head high and penalised accordingly. Consequently, both teams and all of the spectators became increasingly frustrated as the game wore on and it was a blessed relief when it all ended.
Beverley hosted a resurgent Selby at Beaver Park on a miserable wet and grey day when conditions were bound to be difficult to allow much entertaining rugby and, so it proved. The match was held as a Memorial game to celebrate the life of Lee Morley, a good friend of the club who sadly passed away last year. Proceedings from the match and lunch raised over £3,000 to be donated to Ward 29 at Castle Hill Hospital at the request of Lee’s family in thanks for the care given to him during his extended time there.