Birstall bounce back to beat Beverley

Birstall bounce back to beat Beverley

AFTER a heavy defeat against Thornhill, Birstall returned to form to beat Beverley 32-16, as the players showed real character in what was their third game in seven days.

Three players returned and made a massive impact, second-row Jonny Parrish put in a faultless display in attack and defence, forward Matthew Gowland continued his excellent form, while hooker Jonathan Stainburn's support play was unstoppable.

Birstall gifted Beverley an early lead on six minutes after forcing the play out wide and knocking on, allowing the Beverley winger to pick up and race 60 yards to score.

Beverley were back in striking range again when their stand-off had a clear run to score in the corner, but centre Braden Hunter made a superbly-timed cover tackle to save a certain try.

This lifted the home side and it was them who scored next through a converted try from hooker Stainburn.

However Beverley hit back with a lovely timed pass for their centre to score. Birstall ended the half with a Hunter penalty, making the score 10-8 to the visitors.

Birstall came out for the second half in confident mood, strong running and great defence throughout the team, gave them the field position for half-backs Brendan Sheridan and Callum Tolson to take control.

On 48 minutes scrum-half Sheridan put a sublime little chip over the defence for full-back Sam Thornton to score.

Only two minutes later great hands from loose-forward Ryan Jackson and Parrish resulted in Stainburn scoring his second of the game.

Forward Gowland scored on the hour mark and Stainburn completed his hat-trick 10 minutes later with more great support play.

Beverley completed the scoring with a consolation try, but Victoria held on to seal a 32-16 victory.

Next-up for Birstall Victoria is a trip to Milford Marlins tomorrow (Sat).

Photo: Mark Lockwood

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