Beverley Under 15s travelled to Dinnington RUFC against one of the stronger sides in Yorkshire knowing that this would be a tough encounter.
Beverley gave a first start to second row Oliver Waites, and due to bare minimum numbers the versatile Cameron Lawley slotted into hooker, Tom Barnard returning to 10 and Alex Nuttall covering full back position.
From the kick off the Dinnington team showed how well they had been drilled, as expected they carried the ball off the back of the rucks and mauled at every opportunity, but with some superb tackling from Ben Walker, Harrison Petrie and Josh Dillon this prevented the home team from making ground.
As the game settled Beverley had some excellent chances, the back line looked slick in attack but also solid in defence, Nathan Cullen and Sam Acaster stood out and were well supported by Ben Ashley and Aaron Waring.
As the half progressed and with little between the sides, Dinnington changed tactic and mauled the ball more, a penalty against Beverley ensured that Dinnington had a 5m lineout and with their bigger pack drove over the line for a first try of the day, a second try soon followed in very similar ending in Beverley being penalised and the referee awarding a penalty try on the stroke of half time.
As Dinnington kicked off the second they soon turned the ball over before Beverley were able to again control the breakdown allowing Barnard to kick clear, a chase from Cullen allowed him to collect the ball just inside the Dinnington half to sprint and score under the posts which Barnard converted.
The renewed the confidence of the travelling team and they were able to apply consistent pressure, unfortunately soon after, Barnard was injured and left the field unable to return for the remainder of the match, leaving them to finish the game with 14 players.
With Dinnington rotating their subs and bringing on fresh legs, they attacked the flanks of the pitch to utilise to their advantage the extra man, excellent tackling from Jasper Ghio and Toby Ashworth prevented them from scoring and with Ben Wilkinson again a constant menace at the breakdowns Beverley disrupted the home teams advantage.
Unfortunately it wouldn’t be too long before the advantage showed and Dinnington were able to score a further two tries, leaving the result as Dinnington 26 Beverley7
This was a much improved performance from the previous week, and the team showed great determination and commitment against strong opposition, Parents and Coaches are all very proud of the team after this performance.
It would be difficult to select a man of the match today following the team performance therefore it will be given to the whole team.
Final Score : Dinnington 26 Beverley RUFC 7
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