WIGAN ST JUDES 18 BEVERLEY 14
The Blue and Golds came up short in this rain-sodden encounter in Wigan against one of the fancied sides for promotion. They will perhaps take heart from the fact they were not at their best but were only defeated by 4 points in a game which both sides posted 3 tries apiece. Scott Taylor in charge for the day due to Tony Spence attending a family function said ” Some poor decision making at times cost us today. They were the better side and executed better but I have confidence in our lads to bounce back from this one”
The visitors almost made a dream start after a few seconds of play when Josh Poskitt was put into the clear only to be pulled back for a forward pass. The home side quickly countered when some slick handling saw Gailan Gough cross wide out for Danny Fallon to add the extras.
Soon after the returning Lewis Poskitt’s effective kick and chase did force a line drop-out but Beverley failed to capitalize form the pressure.
St Judes then forced a line drop-out at the other end only for an enterprising short drop-out from Lewis Poskitt to regain possession and relieve pressure. The visitors did then enjoy some improved field position forcing the opposition back with Poskitt’s kick chase game.
They did eventually force the handling error form the opposition close to their own line. A pass then direct from a scrum saw Alex Calvert charge over under the posts and Josh Poskitt level things up at 6-6 with the extras.
Sensing more to come the visitors again pressed and a rampaging run from Jake Hart-Fisher saw him pulled up short after which a dart at the line by Bobby Howdle saw him unlucky to lose the ball as he stretched out to touch down.
After absorbing the pressure a breakaway from deep in the own half saw Connor Parkinson sell a dummy to score and Fallon convert 5 minutes from the break for a 12-6 lead.
The early moments of the second half saw Calvert again go close with a surge for the line but in the story of the afternoon they failed convert much of their pressure into points.
A Lewis Melling try after 50 minutes converted by Fallon for St Judes made the visitors task a little sterner at 18-6.
In attempts to hit back there were numerous missed opportunities. Billy Riby crossed the line only for play to be pulled back for an obstruction and there was controversy too. A clear knock-on by the hosts saw Lewis Poskitt gather the ball to scamper into the clear only for the referee to blow his whistle for a scrum. It seemed that on another day play would have been waved on.
Finally, in the 71st minute Joe Vaudin crossed for an opportunist debut try wide out. The extra points were missed but the deficit was cut to 10-18.
In the 79th minute Sam Roe crossed for a further try of which Beverley’s man of the match Josh Poskitt attempted a quick conversion attempt with a drop kick which went wide. There was not enough time left for Beverley to force a further score.