Phil Horsfield and Lee Stevens, who have now assumed joint coaching responsibilities for the first team, will feel they have got plenty to build on following this pre-season workout against a Myton Warriors second string.
A good showing by the new players, a defensive clean sheet and a hat-trick for wing-man Jonny Norman were the highlights of the afternoon.
There are of course sterner tests ahead but they are also still a few players set to make their returns. The match left a general feeling of optimism ahead of the opening day clash at home to Bentley on March 11th.
The opposition defended with spirit and made the home side work hard for their points.
Neither side was really dominant until Sam Roe opened the home side’s account in the 10th minute. He performed a ball steal 10 meters out which saw in the clear to touch down. Josh Poskitt adding the extras.
Lewis Poskitt and Alec Hardie appeared to be forming an effective half-back combination and an effective kicking game. One such cross-field kick saw Lewis Miller leap to touch down too wide out to be converted after 20 minutes.
The 35th minute saw Jonny Norman back up one of the strong forward charges to touch down and Josh Poskitt improve. Then right on the stroke of half-time Lewis Poskitt crossed for Josh Poskitt to again convert and see the home side 22-0 up at the break.
Ten minutes into the half as the visitors were throwing the ball around and looking dangerous close to the Beverley line, Jonny Norman intercepted to go almost the entire length of the field to touch down.
Josh Poskitt again converting.
Midway through the second half, a long kick by the visitors went straight down the throat of Lewis Miller who went on a mazy run which almost produced a try. With the position now set up, just one play later and some quick hands saw Keiron Sewell touch down improved by Josh Poskitt.
The closing minutes saw the home side turn the screw with some fluent handling. Ben Clark crossed in the 65th minute and Jonny Norman crossed a minute before the final whistle. Neither score was converted and a 42-0 score was decent afternoon’s work.
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