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.
Beverley travelled across to Keighley for this Yorks 1 fixture in confident mood, lying in a handy second position in the league table following last week’,s convincing victory over Moortown, and they started well. They dominated proceedings for much of the first quarter and after 19 minutes took the lead through a Luke Hazell try which was converted by Phil Duboulay (0-7).
The Beaver Park pitch was in surprisingly good condition as Moortown kicked off towards the Clubhouse end and immediately set up an attack down the left flank. However, the Beverley forwards turned the ball over and a great passing movement from midfield allowed lock Adam Corkish to score an early try after 3 minutes which Phil Duboulay duly converted (7-0).
On a fine, dry day Hullensians kicked off and immediately mounted an attack down the left flank. This was thwarted by some sound defending by Beverley but they were unable to make much headway into the Hullensians half initially and play was mostly concentrated on the Beverley 22.
Both teams lined up to observe one minutes’ silence before the start of this match, in remembrance of Graham Hodgson who sadly passed away earlier in the week. Graham was a stalwart of the Beverley club for over 50 years, serving as player, captain, coach and Director of Rugby, steering it through the leagues from Yorkshire 2 up to the National Leagues and he will be sadly missed. The club’s commiserations go out to Graham’s family at this time.
A five point bonus win but not one of Beverley’s better performances. They got there in the end but it was heavy going and Wheatley will think themselves unlucky not to have gone away with at least a losing bonus point. Beverley struggled all afternoon to come to terms with the chunky Wheatley forwards who ran powerfully and proved difficult to bring down. Beverley did score four tries but three of them came from isolated bursts into enemy territory. In the end they won because they took their chances when they got them.
Beverley travelled across to Settle for their longest trip of the season to take on North Ribblesdale in this Yorkshire Div 1 match. They had a much changed side due to several injuries and unavailability’s (perhaps, due to the distance, mainly the latter!). Showing 8 changes, they took time to settle, but did keep up their custom of conceding a third minute penalty which the Ribblesdale No 10 duly converted to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.
Not a lot to say about this match as a lacklustre performance from a surprisingly low key Beverley side resulted in them being well beaten by an impressive looking Scarborough outfit. Principally, the difference between the sides on the day was that Scarborough’s defence was superb all match but Beverley’s was, uncharacteristically, poor.