Bradford Salem started this match in a manner which belied their lowly league position and Beverley were put under extreme pressure for the opening 10 minutes. The Bradford forwards were swarming all over them, albeit usually from suspiciously looking offside positions and Beverley were unable to escape from their own 22 and hold onto the ball for long. However, the Beaver’s defence was sound and, eventually they managed to settle down and string together some good moves.
Miserable, cold, windy and wet conditions led inevitably to a game littered with mistakes and infringements and an afternoon to forget. It has to be said that both sides endeavoured to put on a show but matters were not helped by the referee who must have been breathless by the end, judging by the amount of breath he expended blowing his whistle! Never the less he was there, and the conditions were, no doubt, just as unpleasant for him.
Beverley kicked off on a wet and blustery afternoon at Beaver Park and immediately mounted an assault on the Keighley line but, largely due to determined defence by Keighley, were unable to capitalise on their possession of the ball in the early exchanges. In fact during this early period Keighley were unable to hang on to the ball for long enough to get out of their own half.
This was more like it. Not a great performance by any means but vastly improved from the dismal showing of the previous week and in the end a comfortable bonus point win. In truth as a spectacle this was a pretty drab affair with not much running rugby and a relentless stream of penalties being awarded throughout. The return of skipper Phil Duboulay was welcome and this contributed to Beverley looking the more polished side. The final score was probably a fair reflection of the overall play.
Pray let it be a long time before we endure another afternoon like this. This was a truly awful game. There was plenty of huffing and puffing and it was all played in a good spirit but the quality hardly ever rose above the mediocre. What little constructive rugby there was came from Hullensians who fully deserved their comfortable victory. Beverley today were totally unrecognisable from the side that had hitherto performed so well this season. They were without their influential skipper Phil Duboulay and it showed. Without his commanding presence they lacked any ideas or cohesion until young Jacob Holmes came off the bench in the second half.
Beverley came under pressure immediately after losing the kick-off and Rishworthians camped in Beverley’s 22. After 9 minutes they were awarded the inevitable penalty and Josh Kelly made the score 3-0 to the home side.
This was a hard fought, scrappy affair with Beverley, for the second week running fielding a very young side. Once again the youngsters performed very well against the experienced Middlesbrough side but unfortunately lost left winger Alex Hodgkinson with a nasty looking head and shoulder injury after only 5 minutes. He was replaced by Jack Howdle.
Conditions were perfect for this season’s opener between York and Beverley at Clifton Park and what a cracking match this turned out to be. York opened the scoring after 5 minutes with a penalty from in front of the Beverley posts but a Phil Duboulay penalty levelled for Beverley after 13 minutes to make it 3-3.
Beverley RUFC travelled to Leeds on Saturday and were able to record their 11th victory in their last 13 matches, this despite the disruption of arriving half an hour late due to the team coach breaking down on the journey. This meant that the pre match warm up needed to be curtailed but nevertheless they started brightly and after 8 minutes Jack Garvin raced in for an excellent try on the right wing which Phil Duboulay converted to give them a 7 point lead.