While the score-line would appear a little deceiving as the Beverley had to defend for long periods close to their own line as the home side’s offload game looked a constant threat.
Beverley were boosted by the return of Lewis Straw into the half backs to resume his partnership with Lewis Poskitt and also Tom Moor onto the bench returning from military service in the Falkland Islands. The former landing eight goals from eight attempts and the latter looking very lively in the dummy half position.
The visitors got off to a dream start with Lewis Poskitt’s 5th-minute try. Poskitt sold an absolutely outrageous dummy to dart away from half way and then sold another dummy to the opposing full back to score beneath the posts. Straw converting. Shortly after, the home side responded in attack forcing a line drop-out, but Beverley’s goal-line defence held up.
Looking lively in attack at his stage the home side again threatened. A kick on the last fumbled by Beverley. The hosts took the ball from the resulting scrum, but a wild pass was intercepted by Lewis Straw who looked to be in the clear He was ruled to be offside at the scrum, and a penalty to Queensbury gave them yet more dangerous possession n the Beverley 20 with more repeat sets. Beverley’s defence again was outstanding.
In a venture up-field, Beverley were awarded a penalty for obstruction of which Straw duly elected to go for goal and tacked on the two points. Moments later, Straw was instrumental in sending Jack
Humphries away only for him to be held up just short. In the next play, Lewis Poskitt forced his way over from close range. With extras added the lead was extended to 14-0.
Right on the stroke of half time, Tom Moor darted away from dummy half to draw the full back and send Ryan Watkin over. The conversion went over for a 20-0 interval lead.
The home side soon demonstrated their unwillingness to roll over despite the hill they had to climb.
Scrum half Ethan Sharp replied with a try for them just 2 minutes into the second half with extras added. They threatened further points but again Beverley’s defence was solid. The visitors struck a crucial blow in the 53rd minute with a glorious try.
In one of his many strong carries, Jack Howdle slipped a pass away to Alex Calvert who in turn fed Lewis Straw who found full back Billy Riby backing up on the inside to score. The quick-fire support play was a delight.
Despite a sin-binning for Queensbury, they did manage to pull back a try in the shape of Josh Bulger. This did not phase the visitors who went on the attack again. After a few sets in which the ball was given plenty of air, Jack Howdle forced his way over. The conversion was tacked on and another sensational try soon followed.
Jack Howdle, the outstanding player of the match, slipped a pass to Bobby Howdle, who kicked ahead for Billy Riby to chase and re-gather. Riby’s pace did the rest. Straw converted and slotted over a further penalty in the dying minutes to complete the afternoon’s scoring.
This Saturday Beverley were due to visit Sharlston Rovers. However, the West Riding outfit has announced their withdrawal from the Yorkshire Men’s League of which they have struggled after being one of the top sides in it last season.
Their matches will be expunged from league records, including Beverley’s 44-12 victory against them earlier in the campaign. They will be returning to Winter rugby in the Pennine League which has been very much against the trend in recent years and is a disappointment for Beverley, who have thrown their full commitment behind the competition in the past three years.
The club’s only action this Saturday will be for the ‘A’ team who will travel to York to play New Earswick kick-off 2.30pm
Final Score : Queensbury 10 Beverley 40 | Reported by Nick Robinson
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