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 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.
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.
The blue and golds chalked up two more league points in a clash which they had to overcome the physical intimidation of the visitors to win. Such tactics were regrettable and needless as the big crowd soaking up the sun should have really have been treat to a tight contest between two evenly matched sides.
For the record, the referee sent off 2 Bentley players and sin-binned a further 3 and sin binned 2 from Beverley. One elbow to the face in the second half on Chris Johnson saw him taken to hospital with the club awaiting news.
The blue and golds clinched their first league points of the season in a penalty riddled encounter at the Leisure Centre last Saturday. Almost every technical offence appeared to prompt a blow of the whistle.
It was an important day off the field with club entertaining sponsors and Beverley did manage some well worked tries in between the stoppages to at least put on something of a show. Injuries to Billy Riby, Lewis and Josh Poskitt and the late withdrawal due to work of Ryan Anson forced Howdle to juggle the starting lineup. Lewis Campion started at full back, Ben Naylor on the wing, and Jack Humphries slotted into the halfs.