Braves suffer defeat at the Hands of Wyke
Beverley lost out to Wyke in a game which was much tighter than the final score line would suggest.
The game started well for Beverly with the Braves camped in the Wyke half for the first five minutes. It appeared the pressure would be rewarded when Aaron Dibnah managed to cross the line only for him to be held up by the Wyke defence. Whilst Beverley had all the early ball and pressure it was Wyke who went over for the first try when they broke from deep in their own half to go over under the posts.
Beverley hit back immediately though and from the kick off Wyke knocked on, Beverley won the ball from the scrum and quick hands created a gap for Tom Rea to go over, Jack Charles conversion bought the scores level at six apiece. The rest of the half saw both defences on top with some excellent scrambling defence by Beverley keeping Wyke out; in attack Beverley probed the Wyke line but where unable to cross for a try. As the referee was about to blow for half time though a tiring Beverley defence missed a tackle which allowed Wyke to cross making the half time score 10-6.
On a hot humid day the second half got under way with Wyke on top but again the Beverley defence held firm and kept Wyke out. It was though a two minute spell in the second half which turned the game when Wyke managed to score back to back tries after a couple of defensive errors taking the score to 22-6. To their credit though Beverley showed some real character and determination and dominated the last ten minutes of the game. Wykes defence though was excellent and that, together with a couple of crucial handling errors, meant Beverley could only cross for one more try. The try was scored by man of the match Oliver Egan who, following a slick passing move, cut back inside from his centre position to go over. Beverley continued to pile on the pressure but in the dying seconds knocked on close to the Wyke line, from the resulting scrum Wyke went the length of the pitch to score with the final play of the match.
A final score of 26-10 does not really reflect the game and Beverley didn't really deserve to lose by such a margin. The team though can take a lot of positives from this game into their next match against Skirlaugh.