Beverley ARLC have moved a step closer to clinching the National Conference Division title after they beat Clock Face Miners 26-12 at the Beverley Leisure Centre.
Beverley never really looked like they were in the game and for long spells in the first period were mere spectators as Clock Face Miners looked to cause an upset by beating the champions elect.
However Taylor’s side are made of tougher stuff than most and as in recent weeks they would need to did deep and come from behind to secure was was a massive win aginst one of the leagues heavy weights.
In a game that was a stormy affair, match officials had their work cut out sending three players to the sin-bin as both sides looked for maximum points in this mid week encounter.
Beverley’s Head Coach, Scott Taylor after the game said;
”Again. I don’t think we were at our best and looking shaky at the break but we refused to get drawn into the battle in the second half. We are not unbeaten for no reason and we backed ourselves and the tries came.”
For most of the first half, it seemed the visitors were going to put a dent in Beverley’s title bid as they pressured the home side into making errors and conceding penalties to lead 10-6 at the break.
Clock Face Miners gave the ball plenty of air from the start and their right-winger Jamie Jones crossed in the corner for an unconverted try.
A skirmish saw Bobby Howdle picked out and sin-binned and moments later, Clock Face winger Ian Webster crossed in the other corner to put them 8-0 up.
Beverley struggled to trouble their opponents in attack at this stage but five minutes before the interval. Lee Stevens supplied the final pass to send Jack Humphries over, Josh Poskitt converted.
Early in the second half, things again looked a little shaky for Beverley as Lee Stevens was sent to the sin-bin following a team warning. Ian Webster stroked over a penalty to make it 12-6.
The turning point did come on 52 minutes. Jack Howdle was held up and a couple of plays later Jack Humphries did well to score his second despite the attentions of a flurry of defenders, Josh Poskitt levelled thing up with the kick before a Clock Face player was sin-binned for a high tackle. Poskitt slotted over the resulting penalty to nudge Beverley ahead.
With confidence now growing, after 70 minutes Lewis Poskitt’s towering bomb was first caught by the Clock Face full back but then lost.
Billy Riby pounced to score to the high excitement of his team-mates. Poskitt added the extras and five minutes from time Ben Atkin pounced on a kick which caused confusion, to seal the points and Bobby Howdle to convert.
Beverley will now make trip to Oldham on Saturday to face Division 3 strugglers Waterhead Warriors. Two victories from their last six games are now required for the title.
Final Score : Beverley ARLC 26 Clock Face Miners 12 | Reported by Nick Robinson
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