This was a disappointing result against a hefty South Yorkshire outfit last Saturday.
The blue and golds failed to take advantage of what attacking opportunities they had and at the same time conceded penalties and committed errors at crucial stages of the game.
However, they can have no complaints as the home sides route one tactics proved to the more effective on the day.
Head coach Scott Taylor commented; ‘
“It is early days in a long season but we need to learn fast and regroup for next weeks home game against Doncaster Toll Bar because we cant afford too many defeats to leave us playing catch up.”
Director of rugby Pat Howdle added;
“I think a few of us just left it all in the dressing room or training field today we know we are capable of better.”
The early exchanges saw Beverley get in some good attacking positions but failed to capitalise and threw away possession needlessly at times.
Beverley were guilty of some indiscipline as they conceded penalties. Midway through the first half the visitors exerted some sustained pressure but came away pointless despite the awarding of a string of penalties in their favour.
The home side absorbed the pressure and were eventually awarded a few penalties in their favour too. It paid dividends when Alex Bates forced his way over for the hosts to lead 4-0 as the conversion was missed.
Buoyed by the opening score they continued to press but forced the play a little too much. In Beverley’s 20 a pass went to ground for Lewis Poskitt to pounce and sprint 70 meters to cross beneath the posts and Josh Poskitt improved.
The initiative was immediately handed back as the restart kick was allowed to bounce into touch. In the resulting set Shaun Archer crossed to restore the home sides lead. The lead was extended when Alex Bates added his second which was converted for a 14-6 interval lead in favour of the hosts.
Early in the second half things got worse for Beverley as Paul Purnell added a score. The visitors spent more time trying to keep their opponents out for much of the next 20 minutes. An ambitious pass went to ground and was scooped up by Lewis Straw for him to sprint again about 70 meters and he did well to score out wide as there was some determined chasers. The conversion was missed.
During another attack by the home side a somewhat harsh penalty was awarded. Man of the match Luke Inglis performed a vital interception but was rule offside. Bentley elected to run the ball and Scott Smith forced his way over for a converted try.
Beverley still refused to buckle and Jack Humphries on his return to the side from injury sent a long ball to Josh Poskitt who finished in spectacular style in the corner. The extras could not be added. They were unable to build on this and Shaun Archer added a further home try to seal the points for the home side two minutes from time.
This Saturday Beverley are at home to Doncaster Toll Bar kicking off at 2.30pm at the Beverley Leisure Centre. It is an important weekend for the club off the field as they will be entertaining sponsors prior to the match at the Potting Shed.
There is also a fundraising event the following evening at the Potting Shed with the band ‘Re-Loaded’ providing the musical entertainment. Tickets priced at £5 can be purchased from the club for the event at the match this Saturday.
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