Beverley ARLC Exit Cup at First Hurdle

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The blue and golds exited the cup this saturday on their travels to .

The match was a dour stop start affair not helped by the over zealous interpretation of the rules by the match official which resulted in a continuous stream of penalties awarded against both sides. The home side crossed for two early tries to race to a 12-0 lead. started the fight back for the visitors latching on to Steve Johnson’s long ball to dive over in the corner. Ian Lane further reduced the arrears with a try which he almost ran the ball dead attempting to get nearer the posts.

The home side improved on their 12-10 interval lead early in the second half with a try before Beverley replied. A spell of repeat sets inside the Cottingham 20 metre zone saw Gavin Proctor force his way over from the dummy half position and with the conversion added to narrow the arrears to 18-16 things were looking optimistic. However Beverley knocked on from the restart kick off. Cottingham scored from the resultant set of six and it was all down hill from then on.

The hosts added a further two tries to post a comfortable win. In a lack-lustre performance ’s strong running in the centres made him the pick of the backs and Craig Hamlet dogged performance in his new role in the second row made him the pick of the forwards.

This Saturday see the blue and golds return to league action at home to and in view of last weekends performance coach Rich Shaw was left pondering changes. Encounters between these two East Riding rivals have always been tight affairs indeed the corresponding fixture last season saw the two sides draw 26-26. Kick off is 2pm at the Beverley Leisure Centre.

Final score – Cottingham Tigers 34 Beverley ARLC 16



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