The blue and golds got off to the best of all possible starts to the season in this game, which marked their return to the National Conference League.
The youthful side with an average age around 22 demonstrated some near flawless defence and showed huge potential. for the future years.
An upbeat Scott Taylor commented;
“I could not have asked for anything better. Everyone worked for each-other as a team. Our defending was top drawer, especially when withstanding all those repeat sets in the second half.”
It is fair to say that Beverley did not look like new boys to the league in the first 20 minutes. Beverley made the step up in leagues comfortably taking like a duck taking to it like a duck to water.
Beverley were on the scoreboard after 5 minutes with Lewis Poskitt showing countless dummies as he stepped his way through the visitor’s defence to score. Josh Poskitt converted.
Again Beverley threatened more points when a long break from Alex Starling stretched the Cumbrian’s out wide who did well to scramble in defence.
It was not long before the lead was increased when Lewis Poskitt crabbed across field and threw a pass that was knocked down by a Barrow Island man.
Luke Inglis was quick to the loose ball to re-gather and force his way over despite the best efforts a flurry of defenders. This time Lewis Straw converted.
Beverley looked fluent in attack with the passing crisp. in the 16th minute such crisp handling sent Lewis Straw over wide out. Straw converted his own.
Barrow gradually found their feet and enjoyed far more of the game. A few penalties enabled them to get more sets in the Beverley half. The hosts were more than up to the task of defending sets, especially close to their own line.
However, Beverley finished the half as they started it as they extended their lead. Alex Starling’s break from deep saw him draw the last line of defence perfectly to send Straw away for his second try. Straw again converted for a 24-0 interval lead.
The early part of the second half saw the game go into something of a lull. Barrow enjoyed far more possession, and they were several repeat sets for the home side to defend.
The penalty count weighed in the visitor’s favour, but Beverley kept their discipline and never showed any signs of dissent.
It looked as if the second half would be scoreless, but for one of the rare ventures into the opposing 20, Beverley reproduced some of their first-half magic. Sweet handling to the right sent Luke Shaw over. Straw converted to complete the afternoons scoring.
This was a very satisfying afternoon for Beverley ARLFC watched by a number of old faces in a player’s re-union who represented the club over 20 years ago.
Final Score : Beverley ARLC 30 Barrow Island 0 | Reported by Nick Robinson