Beverley ARLC chalked up their sixth consecutive win as they beat Eastmoor Dragons 45-30 at the Beverley Leisure Centre to remain top of NCL division 3
Beverley now face a top of the table clash next weekend against Clock Face Miners who boast a similar 100% record. As has been the pattern in recent weeks, the blue and golds attacking machine has attempted to blow the opposition away very early on.
This was a tough day at the office for the blue and golds. Due to a number of absences they went into this final pre-season friendly with a depleted line up.
Regular half-back pairing Lewis Straw and Lewis Poskitt were missing as were Jack Howdle, Chris Johnson, Peter Starling, Josh Poskitt, Billy Riby, Steve Connolly and Ben Bardle. Bradley Kirkby had to pull out shortly before kick off as a precautionary measure not wishing to aggravate a pulled hamstring.
The blue and golds will come away from this Challenge Cup tie with their heads held high despite bowing out of the competition.
In a game played in miserable conditions of freezing rain on a heavy pitch, the home adapted better to the adverse conditions. They spilled possession on fewer occasions and mainly concentrated on percentage rugby.
The blue and golds will attempt to play their postponed Ladbrokes Challenge Cup First Round tie away to Shaw Cross this Saturday.
Last week club officials were left feeling frustrated when the Kirklees Council declared all of their pitches unplayable on the Wednesday evening prior to the Saturday. It turned out to be the only postponement of the round.
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.