A Christmas lunch crowd were treated to a try-fest as YMCA beat Beverley 56-26 on a bitter cold day at Laund Hill.

Beverley’s performance belied their current lowly standing in the league and from the outset they were determined to cause problems, running up an eight-point lead in the first 12 minutes.

The first score was courtesy of a well-driven ruck from which No.8 Worrall emerged to claim the glory.

The conversion was missed by Duboulay but he made amends minutes later when he slotted home a penalty.

The YM calmed themselves and started to make inroads, resulting in a nice try from Lumb after he had slotted into a well-worked gap to storm over from 20 yards. Stead added the conversion and the YM were on their way.

But Beverley nudged themselves further in front with the gift of another kickable penalty for Duboulay to make it 11-7.

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Not disheartened the YM came back strongly and after a good build-up the break came, finding the ever-supporting James Bell on hand to take the final pass and scoot over the line.

Stead added the extra points and put the YM in front for the first time at 14-11

Things didn’t go all the YM’s way though and Beverley continued to press, resulting in Whitehead spending 10 minutes in the bin for sneaking offside at the breakdown. From the ensuing penalty Duboulay added the extras to put his side back on level terms.

There was just time before the end of the half for the YM to edge in front again after Beverley had been caught offside. Stead landed the penalty and at half-time the score was 17-14.

From the restart the home side had a more determined look about them and quickly added to their points tally through another Stead penalty after Worrall for Beverley was sin binned for a deliberate knock-on.

He was quickly followed to the bin by YM’s Moore for a high tackle.

The YM were having the better of the exchanges by this time when Ryder sliced through the defence before finding Bell in support.

In turn he drew the tacklers and threw a clever overhead pass out for Tindall to collect and beat his man for a try in the corner. Stead couldn’t manage the conversion but the score stretched the lead to 25-14.

Almost from the restart the YM backs were on the rampage and an excellent piece of interpassing saw Stead cross for a terrific try which had the spectators on their feet.

Huddersfield YMCA 56-26 Beverley
Huddersfield YMCA 56-26 Beverley
 

To their credit the visitors did not give up and put the home side under pressure. Winger Reece Powell managed to skip past a couple of would-be tacklers for a score in the left corner. Duboulay did well to get the conversion and put his team back in the game 30-21.

Back came the YM and with the Beverley defence in disarray scrum-half Josh Willans took his chance and slipped his marker before sprinting for a score under the posts, giving Stead the easiest of conversions to make it 37-21.

As the home side stuck to their plan of running the ball at every opportunity, the visitors turned the ball over in a tackle and forced their way over the line through prop Alex Ogilvy.

As the clock ticked down the visitors began to wilt and the YM started to cut loose, running the ball from anywhere on the pitch and giving great entertainment.

They went close a number of times and were always looking as though they were going to score when another fantastic break from man of the match Josh Lumb saw him with James Tindall outside him in support to take the final pass and get over the line for another YM try.

Stead’s conversion attempt bounced off the bar and back into play, bringing the score to 42-26.

Ryder then added another after a super individual effort and Lumb put the icing on the cake as the game came to a close, by adding his second score of the day.

Stead was on target with both conversions, bringing the final score to 56-26.

Huddersfield YMCA: Stead, Bullock, Bentley, Van Rooyan, Ryder, Wood, Willans, Dyke, Hill, Wrafter, Bell, Housley, Whitehead, Hodge, Lumb. Subs: Tindall, Moore, Murphy.

Huddersfield RUFC got back on track with a dramatic 31-30 win over Preston Grasshoppers. Full match report in Tuesday’s Examiner.