The blue and golds just fell at the final hurdle in their bid for Grand Final glory at the home of Batley Bulldogs on Saturday. They had to admit that the best team on the day won.
Beverley came into the final expecting a different type of game to the previous week’s war of attrition in the semi-final and their opponents expansive attacking machine proved to be just a little too much to handle.
The blue and golds were confirmed as semi-finalists in the end of season top four play-offs last Saturday when Bentley last to Batley Boys 14-4.
Bentley were the only side that could deny the blue and golds fourth spot. Their reward is an away trip to first placed Batley Boys this Saturday, with the other semi-final being between second placed Siddal Academy against third placed East Hull.
The blue and golds season will be on the line today when they take on East Hull at the Beverley Leisure Centre in their 2.30pm kick-off.
Beverley are looking to secure a top four spot and qualify for the play-offs. Realistically, the hosts must win as they lie in 5th place level on points with fourth placed Bentley whose point difference is superior by 35.
This game was a much closer shave than the score-line suggests. The crucial moment in the game was the awarding of an eight point try to Beverley on the stroke of what appeared to be full time on most peoples watches.
Trailing 22-16 the Beverley were throwing the ball around desperately seeking points when Lewis Colrien’s kick towards the corner changed the game.
The blue and golds were outplayed by the champions elect Siddal Academy as the visitors secured their second win over Beverley in as many weeks at the Beverley Leisure Centre.
Missing a few frontline players the home side found it difficult to contain their skillful and pacey opponents. However they did rally in the second half and it was to their credit that they kept the score respectable.