BEVERLEY ON THE RISE
Beverley produced their best performance of the season so far in front of a big crowd basking in the sunshine at the Potting Shed on Saturday with a blistering 42-4 defeat of local rivals Hull Dockers in NCL Division Two. The Braves have had a stuttering campaign but are gaining momentum as the season moves into its crucial stages and face third-placed Wigan St Judes at home next week in a game that may have major consequences for both sides.
Dockers, with their big, heavy pack, matched their rivals for the first quarter of the game but once Lewis Poskitt jinked over following a superb pass from the excellent Joe Morley the home side never really looked like surrendering the lead. Josh Poskitt converted as he did when Bobby Howdle jinked his way over following good work from Morley and KIngsley Overton. Dockers weren't lying down at this stage and when Paul Fletcher scored to bring it back to 12-4 it looked game on but winger Lewis Miller had other ideas, taking the ball inside his own 25, rounding the defence and powering away for a long-distance score, again converted by Poskitt.
The visitors needed to score early to gain a foothold but a flowing move saw Miller stroll over in the corner then complete his hat-trick with a fine winger's try, evading desperate home defence despite having little room to work in. Poskitt converted both from the touchline but gave way to Lewis Straw when Overton charged over between the posts before full-back Billy Riby joined in the fun for a late score converted again by Poskitt.
After last week's defeat at home to Hunslet Club Parkside, West Hull had to travel to Leeds for the return fixture and suffered their fifth successive loss to the NCL Premier Champions. Well in contention at half-time when a Jamie Fields drop-goal edged Parkside into a 7-6 lead, Wests couldn't contain the big home forwards in the second period and went down 21-6. They are now second on points difference behind Wath Brow Hornets, who beat Egremont narrowly in a local derby, and the Green and Golds travel to Egremont next week. Hunslet are coming up fast behind the leaders, moving ominously into third, and they won't give up their title easily.
In the Yorkshire Men's League Premier Division, West Hull A beat Nottingham Outlaws 56-6 but East Hull were beaten at Cutsyke Raiders 28-18. In the lower leagues Wyke Academy had a 72-10 victory over Queensbury A.