Last-gasp penalty denies Whitby win at windy Beverley

WHITBY Rugby Club’s under 17s made the long journey to Beverley on Sunday when the gale force wind made the game very difficult.

In the first 20 minutes, both sides struggled to adapt to the conditions.

Whitby gradually made headway into the Beverley half with some fine forward play, with Bruce Reed, Ed Welford and Dan Rollins too strong for their Beverley counterparts.

A series of attacks culminated with some good work from Luke Brown, leading to Bruce Reed going over the line with the ball but he was unable to ground it.

Now the wind was blowing in Whitby’s advantage and only stout defensive work from Beverley kept Whitby from scoring.

Soon another attack was launched by Ryan Vasey and Cam Leadley and this saw Ed Welford go over the line. He too was held up and unable to score.

The only time Beverley troubled Whitby, the ball was kicked back deep into the Beverley half by Brad Coulman.

With five minutes remaining in the first half, a great piece of individual play from Brad Coulman saw him chip the ball over the defence.

Collecting it himself, he scored the opening try which he then converted.

The second half started with Beverley taking the advantage with a lot of errors starting to appear in Whitby’s game.

Only fine tackling by Aaron Watson and Connor Clements stopped Beverley scoring. However, disaster struck for Whitby when several dubious decisions led to Beverley scoring a try from a charged down kick.

Now Beverley were attacking at every oppurtunity some tenacious tackling from Grant Smith kept the hosts from scoring down the wings.

Barney Fountain was working tirelessly at scrum half. With time running out, Whitby were deemed to have strayed offside and Beverley scored the penalty with the last kick of the match which gave them a the win by a single point

It was unfortunate that some of the decisions had such an impact on the game .

Man of the match: Luke Brown

Beverley U17s 8 Whitby U17s 7