This was a much changed Blue and Golds line-up that travelled to Bradford and there were few complaints from the coaching staff about the efforts.
Tony Spence took control of the side for the match that saw Beverley 33-18 by the West Yorkshire side. Spence said tactical awareness was an issue while he did praise his player’s efforts.
Beverley never really built sufficient momentum in the game to give themselves a chance of victory. On more than one occasion they coughed up possession close to their own line having just scored at the other end.
That said there was much to admire about grafting performances from Jake Hart-Fisher, Lee Stevens and Beverley’s man of the match, Kingsley Okra-Overton.
With a large number of first team regulars missing, youth was heavily relied upon. Francis Coggle and debutant Max Sutherland were not found wanting in the dummy half roles.
Andy Walker put the hosts in front after 2 minutes converted by Simon Sewell but Beverley soon replied. A kick downfield was not dealt with by the Dudley Hill. As a result, Lewis Miller followed up to touch down. Lewis Straw converting.
Beverley did cause Dudley Hill some problems with their kick-chase game. One towering bomb from Jordan Precious resulted in Joe Morley touching down only to be ruled offside.
The remainder of the half saw the home side dominate with tries from Jamie Bentley and Luke Johnson both improved from Sewell for a 22-6 interval lead.
Blue and Golds Suffer Set Back In Second Period
Shortly after the break, Alistair Firth made it look being a tough day at the office for the Beverley. He touched down improved by Sewell to stretch the lead to 28-6.
In the 50th minute, Beverley finally established some field position. Lewis Straw sent the rampaging Kingsley Okra-Overton over, to convert the try himself.
Soon after, Beverley again forced the error with a kick. The resulting set saw a few drives for the line before Lewis Miller did well to send Ben Naylor over wide out on the left flank. Straw converted from wide out.
With 25 minutes remaining and the scores standing at 28-18, there were hints of a comeback. But in a familiar theme, having got the ball from the re-start kick, Beverley had the ball stolen close to their own line.
The ensuing pressure then saw Rob Brown strike a killer blow for the home side with an unconverted try wide out. It was now a steep uphill task but Beverley continued to plug away.
Following a Simon Sewell drop-goal, in the closing minutes, Lewis Straw created a chance with a chip over the top.
He regathered with Ben Naylor in support but the chasing cover caught up with him and the ball was dislodged in the tackle.
That was the last notable action of the game and Beverley will look to regroup for next week. They entertain bottom of the table Askam in another crucial game as the battle for the play-offs hots up.
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