League leaders Ince Rose Bridge strolled into town and demonstrated their title credentials. They combined a physical and aggressive defence with an adventurous attack.
Their efforts proved too much for Beverley who had to work hard to stay in touch at the Beverley Leisure Centre.
Not too disheartened with the result, Scott Taylor remained positive. He said that in terms of sheer effort and commitment to the cause that it was the best he had seen. Even though we were a little dumb at times.
Beverley’s cause was not helped by ankle injuries to Alex Calvert and Peter Starling. These blows came at a time when it seemed Beverley were making inroads.
Ince Rose Bridge seized the initiative very early on racing to a 12-0 lead inside 12 minutes. Their scores came courtesy of touchdowns from Dan Cassidy and Brad Smith converted by Cassidy.
Cassidy also added a further 2 penalties for a 16-0 lead with a little over 20 minutes on the clock.
The penalty count weighed in the visitor’s favour as they got the better of the sometimes feisty early exchanges.
Warming to the task, the home side hit back on the half-hour mark. A clever reverse pass from Alex Calvert sent Peter Starling over for Lewis Straw to convert.
The pair shortly limped off with injuries. Further forays into the visiting 20-meter zone were well defended as the half-time whistle beckoned.
Still, 16-6 down Beverley pressed early in the second half. A towering bomb was fumbled with the ensuing repeat set seeing Joe Morley win a penalty as he sustained a sphere tackle.
Taylor’s Side Refused To Lay Down Against Champions Elect Ince Rose Bridge
He got over the line in the next set only for the opposition to drag him over the dead ball line. Similarly, in another attack, Will Wallis was unlucky to be held up over the line.
Slightly against the run of play, Gaz Jones crossed for the visitors converted by Cassidy to make it an uphill task for Beverley.
Taylor’s side refused to lay down. Midway through the half, Joe Morley broke clear only to see his long pass-fail to go to a hand and bounce into touch.
After 70 minutes a kick was well chased by the pacy Lewis Miller. A line drop-out was forced and a powerful run from Ash Shaw saw him win a penalty for a ball steal.
The resulting extra set saw Lewis Poskitt also showed a taste of what he is capable of when dummying and shimmying his way to a try. Straw converted and Beverley continued to look for more with time running out.
Beverley’s man of the match was Steve Connolly. Alongside Ash Shaw, the pair were certainly prepared to step up to the plate when the going was tough.
Taylor’s attentions are now firmly fixed on their next match against Clock Face Miners. Commenting on that game he said;
“We need to get back on the horse for next week as it’s Clock Face at home. We need to make amends for our trip there earlier in the season. That certainly was our most disappointing showing of the season.”