Coach Pat Howdle was without a whole host of his big names for this clash against local rivals Hull Wyke.
Glen Anfield,Jack Howdle,Ben Calvert,Rich Etherington,Lee Falcus were all unavailable due to work commitments.
However they almost did enough to take both league points and had what looked like a perfectly good try by Steve Connolly disallowed for a forward pass in the dying seconds of the match.
The game started promisingly for the hosts. In the opening minutes a move direct from a scrum saw debutant Jack Tuttle finish off the move with a try in the corner. Connolly added on the extras from wide out.
Beverley continued to grow in confidence and another good handling movement to the left saw wing-man Jake Hart-Fisher cross in the corner.
This time Connolly could not tack on the extras but the home side were good value for their 10-0 lead.
Hull Wyke edged their way back into the game and after almost 15 minutes of constant pressure forced their way over for a converted try.
The game became a little scrappy towards the end of the half which was not helped by the match officials constant blowing of the whistle. The score remained at 10-6 at the break.
During the first 20 minutes of the second half was scoreless. But Hull were aided by a string of penalties started to enjoy more of the game. Hull Wyke crossed for two converted tries to lead 18-10.
Craig Morfitt was sent to the sin-bin for talking back to the referee as the hosts showed their frustration. Time was ticking away but the home side refused to lie down. Louis Hubbard ran a superb angle to crash over and Connolly converted to set up a tight finish.
Beverley could not get the all important winner and the two valuable league points went the way of the Hull side. Louis Hubbard took the man of the match award with a typically hard working display.
Hubbard was ably assisted by Lee Stevens,Jack Humphries. Dan Clark also gave a stand-out performance coming in off the bench. Steve Connolly and Craig Morfitt looked to be Beverley’s most dangerous backs.
This Saturday the Blue and Golds are again at home as they welcome Hillsborough Hawks to the Beverley Leisure Centre. The Sheffield outfit come to town bottom of the table and win-less so far this season.
Final Score: Beverley ARLC 16 Hull Wyke 18 | Reported By Nick Robinson
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