Beverley were beaten 20-10 by Barrow Island in a match that was always going to be a tough ask going to Cumbria against a promotion-chasing outfit towards the end of what has been a difficult campaign.
The Blue and Golds were in this contest for 50 minutes but sadly faded in the final 30 minutes of the game which was once again played in very hot conditions.
Now sitting 7 points adrift of Wigan St Judes in the table, only the unlikely event of them winning all of their last 4 games and St Jude’s losing their remaining 2 can save them from the drop to division 3 now.
The Blue and Golds came up short in this tense struggle in Bradford on Saturday. Traffic congestion on the final few junctions of the M62 before the Bradford turn-off caused them to arrive with a very limited preparation time.
The story of the afternoon was the home side holding possession long enough and getting enough repeat sets to deny Beverley any real sustained pressure on their line.
The Blue and Golds made this short West Yorkshire trip more in hope than expectation, with an injury list too long to mention.
Beverley had to dig deep into their playing staff and handed NCL debuts to Will Turnbull, Joe Dobson, Sam Beardshaw and Macca Cromack. It turned out to be a brave effort against a far bulkier and more experienced home outfit.
The Blue and Golds will see this as another missed opportunity to pull away from the relegation zone. Having fallen 12-0 behind after only
10 minutes, they responded fantastically with 4 well-worked tries to lead 18-12 at the break. The second half proved to be a disappointment as they had to do far too much defending and struggled to create chances in attack.
The Blue and Golds got their first league points of the season in a tense war of attrition at the Leisure Centre.
The home side dominated possession and territory in the second half with the visitors rarely getting out of their own half. It was a case of Dewsbury Celtic being unable to hang on to a 12-4 lead forever when having to defend so many repeat sets.
This was a very encouraging performance in anticipation of the 2022 season for the Blue and Golds.
A new look Beverley lineup, probably in the final analysis out enthused their higher-ranked opponents to give themselves a pre-season boost. 6 new faces lined up in the 20 man squad and impressed new Head Coach Trevor Penrose.