Beverley went into their NCL Division Two game against joint leaders West Bowling at the Potting Shed with a host of regulars missing from the first-team squad and though producing a battling performance went down 12-42. The hosts were quickly off the mark with the strong-running Alex Calvert breaking through several would-be tacklers after a sharp passing movement. Lewis Straw added the extras but the visitors hit back quickly with a big drive from Richard Lumb which Harry Williams converted. Williams, who looks a smart prospect, also added the extras to three well-worked tries before half-time and at 24-6 it looked like a long second period for the Braves.
Classy centre Max Trueman and the industrious Oliver Bartle added further six-pointers for the Bradford-based side but to Beverley's great credit they kept battling away and Calvert was on hand to take a clever kick from Straw, who converted. West Bowling had the last laugh with a Sam Dunn try in the corner, again converted by Williams.
Beverley were well served by Bobby Howdle, John Mason and Steve Connolly and will be hoping to get some troops back before the visit to Crosfields in a fortnight.
After a heavy defeat at Beverley earlier this month, Hull Dockers have shown real character in fighting back and have moved into fourth place after beating Shaw Cross Sharks 60-10 at Tower Grange.
Myton Warriors faced a daunting task at title-chasing York Acorn so it was no big surprise to see them beaten though a score of 46-4 left plenty to be desired. The Warriors have too many good players to see them languishing in ninth place in Division One and they too are struggling for troops at the moment, their A team having to play five newcomers in a 58-0 loss at Dewsbury Moor Maroons in the Yorkshire Alliance.
Skirlaugh remain within striking distance of a play-off spot in the same division after a 25-14 victory over Saddleworth Rangers at Eastside but West Hull slipped to their fourth defeat in five games, going down 30-6 at Underbank in the Premier Division. West's youngster also went down in the Yorkshire Men's League Premier Division, losing 30-24 to New Earswick All Blacks at York.
In Division One Elland beat Hull Wyke 48-0 and Goole Vikings lost 14-22 at home to Elland in Division Two.
WRITTEN BY JOHN MOONEY