Pat Howdle has stepped down as Director of Rugby at Beverley ARLC bringing the end to a four-year spell with the club.
News of his departure was issued by the club who expressed their most sincere thanks. Howdle took charge at the club in the summer of 2014. During that time the club has developed rapidly and has even played live on TV.
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 were without a first-team game last Saturday but managed to arrange an ‘A’ team friendly against a side who will ply their trade much lower down the divisions of the Yorkshire Mens League.
Director of Rugby Pat Howdle took the opportunity to give some game time to some players who were returning from injury but there were some notable returns to the club in the shape of Joe Wileman Jamie Cadwellander and Harry Gibbins.
A much improved Myton Warriors side made this a real competition at the Beverley leisure centre, matching the Beverley Braves for effort for the full hour, but the Braves had the upper hand with regards to skill levels and this showed throughout.
MOTM Ollie Gresswell led from the front as in recent weeks and was the pick of the forwards, just edging a fine supporting cast of Jack Dixon, Alex Nuttall and Owen Lightfoot with Dixon powering over for a early brace of tries in typical fashion, Owen Miller adding the conversions.
Beverley ARLC were on the wrong end of a big defeat as they were turned over 42-0 in their pre season friendly with Myton Warriors.
This match away to Myton, a National Conference Premier outfit demonstrated that there is significant gap between the three divisions that separate the two sides but still proved to be a useful pre-season workout.
Beverley ARLC will get their pre-season under way this Saturday with a trip into Hull as the club confirm their first friendlies ahead of the 2017 season.
With training now in full swing for the blue and golds in preparation for the fourth-coming 2017 campaign the club will start to look to get game time under their belts so they can hit the ground running.