I Blame Myself: ‘Tails Never Fails’ at the Kirkella Oval

I Blame Myself: 'Tails Never Fails' at the Kirkella Oval

I Blame Myself: 'Tails Never Fails' at the Kirkella Oval

Alex Nightingale has blamed himself after the Beverley Town Cricket Club’s third team unbeaten run came to an end at the Kirkella Oval.

His comments, referring to the toss of a coin followed a match that saw his side lose by six wickets to their promotion rivals Kirkella.

When speaking to Nightingale after the game spirits were still high in the dressing room. When quizzed about the batting efforts the skipper said;

“Yeah we were not good enough today in the batting department, it has been a while since we have been asked to bat first and you could tell today.”

“Perhaps it was my fault at the toss not calling ‘tails’ as apparently it never fails at the Kirk  Ella Oval.”

Nightingale was the only player to contribute with the bat scoring a hard working 32 before being caught behind. The team eventually fell to 82 all out.

Kirk Ella made light work of the total and passed Beverley’s total for the loss of 4 wickets.

Nightingale added;

“The spirit of the team has to be commended as they battled to the end making it tough for the Kirk Ella batsman throughout their innings.”

“I know we lost today but I really enjoyed it and I think everyone did, spirits are still high and as a team we want to get promoted.”

“We came in today with some fresh faces and I am sure they want to continue to play for this team.”

“This great run has come to an end but we would have taken this at the start of the season. We are only 20 points behind off second place which would get us promoted.”

“So it is all to play for in the coming weeks.”

Next week Beverley will welcome North Dalton, a side that have lost four times this season, to the Norwood Recreation Ground.

Kirkella beat Beverley Town III by 6 wickets

Kirkella:
Colin English 3-31, James Brocklebank 3-4

Beverley Town III:
Alex Nightingale 32

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Beverley Fourths Beat Hull By 184 Runs at Norwood

Beverley Fourths Beat Hull By 184 Runs at Norwood

Beverley Fourths Beat Hull By 184 Runs at Norwood

Beverley Town Cricket Club fielded the right balance of youth and experience for the first time this season and still gave debuts to two of the under 15 player who were to feature in the match.

Beverley were asked to take first knock by the 10 man visitors and after the early loss od debutant opener Jason Davies for an amazingly juggled catch at slip eventually succumbing behind the fielders back for 5 runs. This brought together two senior players who formed a 145 run partnership before Neil Goforth was eventually caught for 51 in the 24th over.

Ali Brumfield was joined by Charles Fish for a short partnership of 20 before Chairman Brumfield was run out after carrying a leg injury for several overs for an excellent 90 including 3 sixes which put the watching crowd in some danger.

Fish became the mainstay of the innings, with debutant Tom Patey, who made a good 10 before being caught, before being last out for 42.

J Coot was Hull’s most successful bowler with 4 for 43 from 9 overs

Hull took second knock and veteran Barry Sayer opened the bowling and with the first ball got the opener to nick off to Patey who kept very tidily throughout the innings to give him his first senor dismissal.

This, however was only the start of the collapse as the next two batsmen were bowled leaving Hull 0 for 3 from 3 balls.

Sayer eventually finished with 4 for 10 from 5 overs and Fish who opened at the other end being unlucky not to take a wicket in 5 over for only 12 runs.

Junior Tupai took two great catches, one at slip and a return from his bowling, to help the Beavers on their way to victory.

Left armer Lewis Richardson took two wickets in a tidy spell and Hull were dismissed in the 20th over for 62, extras being the top scorer.

This second win of the season showed that when the balance is right the fourths will be a match for anyone in this league.

Beverley Town 246 for 7 from 40 ovens Hull 62 all out
Beverley win by 184 runs.

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Blue & Golds Claim Victory at the Leisure Centre

RUGBY LEAGUE: Blue & Golds Claim Victory at the Leisure Centre

RUGBY LEAGUE: Blue & Golds Claim Victory at the Leisure Centre

There was much to admire about this latest victory by the blue and golds. Clinically executed tries were combined with a near impregnable defence. It was a shame the match was cut short by ten minutes and a large appreciative crowd soaking up the scorching sun were denied their full eighty minute fix.

A series of sin-binnings – two from either side and a sending-off of two players – one from either side led to the match official abandoning proceedings after seventy minutes. There had been little animosity between the two sides up until early in the second half when a series of bizarre decisions had incensed both sides leading to them showing dissent. This culminated in a fracas which saw the referee simply leave the field. With more than sixty minutes of the match having elapsed the result will stand. The club will await the report to the RFL.

Beverley got off to the best of starts scoring after five minutes. Lewis Poskitt, who was influential is most of Beverley’s attacking plays, passed to Alex Starling who ran a clever angle to crash over under the posts for Anfield to convert. They continued to control the game and build pressure resulting in a further converted try Jack Humphries from close range after 15 minutes.

They were nearly over the line in the next set but a forward pass was ruled but this only served to stem the flow. Ten minutes later Alex Starling broke free down the left flank with options to the left and right of him. He elected to pass to the right and found Mike Cooper who sprinted away to touch down under the posts. Anfield converted.

Victoria were a spirited outfit and made Beverley work hard for their points. They managed to keep the home side out until just before half-time. A show and go by Lewis Poskitt saw him head towards the line with just the full back to beat. He drew his man perfectly and sent the supporting Jack Humphries over for his second try. Anfield again added the extras for a 24-0 interval lead.

There was no shortage of effort by the visitors and they had a number of attacking plays close to the Beverley line early in the second half but hosts always seemed to have all the answers in defence. It then took 15 minutes into the second half before the scoreboard was troubled again.

Jack Howdle and Lewis Poskitt combined to send man of the match Chris Johnson over beneath the posts. Anfield again converting. In the 62nd minute Mike Cooper spotted gaps on the blind side and scooted away from acting half back to score in the corner. The extras were not added on this occasion. After then the official then seemed to lose control of a game that had been played in a reasonable spirit up to then culminating in it been cut short.

This victory still sees Beverley in ninth place in Yorkshire Division One as the other results did not go in their way. Whilst Mirfield Stags and York Acorn ‘A’ lie first and second, a blanket can be thrown over teams from 3rd to 9th. If Beverley were to win their two games in hand they would climb to 3rd place. This Saturday will see a big game down at the Leisure Centre kicking off at 2.30pm.

High flying York Acorn ‘A’ who were only knocked off the top of the table with a narrow defeat to Mirfield last weekend, will make the short trip down the A1079. The game will be pivotal in Beverley’s season and maybe a test of just how far Pat Howdle’s men have come in this their first season in the Yorkshire League.

Final Score : Bevelrey ARLC 34 Birstall Victoria 0 | Reported by Nick Robinson

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Sessay Remain On Course For League Title After Beating Beverley

Sessay Remain On Course For League Title After Beating Beverley

Sessay Remain On Course For League Title After Beating Beverley

Beverley Town Cricket Club’s second team went down at home as the league leaders Sessay claimed all 30 points with a commanding 144 run victory.

Sessay’s march towards the Hunters York and District Senior Cricket League Division One title showed little sign of slowing as they reached the season’s mid point still unbeaten, having won nine of their eleven matches.

Joseph Watson (92no) top scored for the division’s leading side as they posted 311-8 at Beverley Town II, and there was also a fourth half-century of the season for Nick Harrison (59). Michael Cooke top scored for the home side but Liam Carver (4-30) and Stephen Langstaff (3-45) kept the match under control dismissing the hosts for 167.

Bolton Percy remain in second place as they made it four straight wins bringing to an end Bridlington’s six match unbeaten run. Ed Noble top scored with 49 for the visitors as they lost eight wickets, three of them to Will Hall (3-31) whilst chasing down 143 for victory.

Driffield Town II enjoyed an early finish against Malton & Old Malton, set just 90 for victory they raced to victory in under 19 overs. Johnny Anderson (4-19) took four wickets for the second match in a row and Jamie Greason took 3-20 as despite 33 from Shaun Harland the hosts were dismissed cheaply. Owen Goldsworthy top scored with 37 as the visitors won for the first time in four attempts.

Goole Town’s poor run, which has seen the drop from 2nd to 7th, continued as they lost by 50 runs at home to Sewerby. A second century from leading run scorer Simon Webb (121), and 73 from Ashley Bell helped the visitors reach 243-6. The home side got to 193 thanks mainly to Ollie Ounsly (60) and Craig Mendis (37), and despite having now not won in six the promotion race remains so congested they could still end up in the top four.

An outstanding individual performance from David Greenlay helped seal a 157 runs victory for Pickering at home to Osbaldwick. His spell of 5-2 from nine overs resulted in the away side being bowled out for 88, and that followed an innings of 85 as the home side made 245-8, Mark Sepherd (55) also making a significant contribution.

There was cause for celebration at Sewerby as the division’s bottom side won for the first time since the opening day, beating Folkton & Flixton by 17 runs. Lewis Beasley made 50 as despite four wickets from Harry Walmsley (4-53) the hosts reached 153. It was then the bowling of Adrian Long (5-52) and Robin Coates (3-19) that secured the points as the visitors were dismissed for 136.

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CRICKET : Woeful Beverley Thrashed By Hull

CRICKET : Woeful Beverley Thrashed By Hull

CRICKET : Woeful Beverley Thrashed By Hull

Another woeful performance by Beverley Town Cricket Club in the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League saw the side slump to a 149 run defeat against Hull Zingari.

Jack Storey (124) was the day’s other centurion, he and Guy Martinson (72) helping Hull Zingari to a match winning total of 288-6 against Beverley Town despite four wickets from Kieran Thompson.

Beverley, the division’s bottom side never looked likely to chase down such an imposing target with only Olly Grantham reaching 30 as Matthew Bunn returned figures of 3-32 from a total of 139 all out.

Elsewhere in the league Scarborough strengthened their lead at the head of the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League with a thrilling five runs victory over Woodhouse Grange as the Premier Division’s top two went head to head at North Marine Road.

The hosts, having chosen to bat first, were indebted to the division’s leading run scorer Darren Harland (52), his half-century and 31 from Jack Holt providing the majority of their total of 164 all out. David Suddaby (4-58) and Josh Jackson (3-18) doing an excellent job of containment for the visitors.

In reply Chris Bilton made 65 but was unable to find support as Theo Smith (4-29) and Yorkshire’s Ryan Gibson (3-43) ensured it would be the leaders that came out on top.

With only a handful of points separating Scarborough’s would be challengers both Sheriff Hutton Bridge and Acomb took advantage climbing above Woodhouse Grange in the table.

Sheriff Hutton Bridge were convincing winners at York II, despite the efforts of Richard Brown (42) who held up the visitors for a time before Jordan Grose (4-36) and Russell Robinson (3-45) eventually bowled them out for 144 off the final ball of the 50th over. Louis Foxton then made 48 before an unbeaten half-century from Robert Pinder inflicted a fifth consecutive defeat on the side from Clifton Park.

Acomb strengthened their claim to a place in next season’s new top flight with victory by 20 runs in a low scoring match at home to Heworth. Skipper Andy Tute must have feared the worst when his side bowled out for only 94, Joe Dale top scoring with 30 as Salman Syed returned figures of 5-4, but it was the captain himself who turned things around taking 4-12 as the visitors were dismissed for just 74 in reply.

Stamford Bridge inflicted a sixth defeat in seven matches on Studley Royal, Sam Tennant (4-29) and Kevin Murphy (3-50) kept a tight control over proceedings with only Matthew Coad (32) making a notable contribution to a total of 124 all out. The visitors did manage to take five wickets, but Dom Rhodes (51) steadied things and Murphy completed an excellent all round performance with an unbeaten 41 to see the hosts home.

Dunnington played host to Easingwold, both clubs harboring genuine hopes of a top six finish, and it was the home side that enhanced their chances winning by six wickets. Martyn Piercy and Kyle Waite both scored half-centuries for the visitor’s but neither were able to prevent the promising position of 119-2 becoming 185 all out as Jake Murphy (3-46) and Harwood Williams (3-34) both took three wickets. Murphy then scored 34 before an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 83 between Jack Bolam (75no) and Tom Lotten (23no) saw the hosts home.

Clifton Alliance’s Joe Ashdown (110) scored his third century of the campaign which came in response to Paul Scrowston’s 97 as visitors Fenner took the majority of the points from a drawn game. David Friend (4-50) and Alex Renton (4-47) shared eight wickets for the hosts but could not prevent the visitors making 235, Liam Feasey (46) and Jacob Duffill (34) both helping boost the total. Steve Sargent also finished with four wickets as despite the efforts of Ashdown and Renton (32) the home side were left holding on at 216-9.

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Blue & Golds Boosted By Return of Key Players

Fitness and Desire Won Us The Game Says Pat Howdle

Blue & Golds Boosted By Return of Key Players

Beverley ARLC are looking to build on last weekend’s emphatic 52-12 victory at Milford.

This Saturday, they host Birstall Victoria at the Beverley Leisure Centre and are looking to kick start a rise up the table.

There are injury doubts surrounding Sam Roe and Sam Coleman who took knocks last week.

Beverley will be without the services of Tom Shires and Bobby Howdle due to work commitments but are boosted by the return of Ben Calvert, Glen Anfield and Mike Cooper to the squad.

Beverley currently are in ninth spot in the Yorkshire Division One but have played two games less than most of their rivals with three wins and four losses from seven starts.

Having lost this corresponding fixture 32-16 on the opening day of the season albeit with a weakened side, coach Pat Howdle is confident of revenge against their third placed West Riding opponents.

Saturday’s fixture kicks off at 2.30 PM

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Nightingale Confident Beverley Can Get a Positive Result at Kirkella

Nightingale Gets Runs and Wickets As Beverley Town Win at Norwood

Nightingale Confident Beverley Can Get a Positive Result at Kirkella

Beverley Town Cricket Club third team will hit the road this weekend in a match that will see them go head to head with side directly below them in the league.

Town face Kirkella this Saturday in Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League, a side they are just 24 points ahead of.

Speaking ahead of the game skipper Alex Nightingale said;

“We have to keep the pressure on South Holderness and Humbleton but Kirkella are breathing down our necks just a place below us in the league so it’s yet another big game that all 11 players have to be up for.”

“It’s a very small ground at Kirkella so the bowlers have to be really on their game and perform to make sure we don’t give away easy runs.”

“If Ben Fish continues his great form and after last week’s good win against Patrington, we go into the match pretty confident that we can get a good result.”

Sam Welburn is still leading the second team so Beverley has drafted in some more experience into the side with the introduction Nelly Graham. They will, however, go into the match without Alan Acklam who was prolific with the bat against Patrington.

Nightingale added;

“Graham comes into the team which will add some experience to the bowling attack. The other young bowlers need to continue bowling tight spells as they have been.”

Last weekend, it was Owen Parnaby and Junior Tupai, who stole the headlines after both players picked up four wickets. Tim Fordon who was skipper for the match did a great job guiding the team a critical victory at the Norwood Recreation Ground.

With the top two sides in the table facing relatively less challenging games than Beverley in the latest round of fixtures, they will most certainly be needing a full 30 points from the game to keep in touch with the league leaders.

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Hull KR And Hull FC Announce Exciting Plans For Super Academy

Wolves Come From Behind To Draw With Rovers At KC Lightstream Stadium

Wolves Come From Behind To Draw With Rovers At KC Lightstream Stadium

Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers have announced a ground-breaking plan to combine the clubs’ Academies from the 2016 season in a pioneering partnership for Rugby League.

The new relationship will see both clubs set history and rivalry aside to bring two existing youth development systems under one roof, with the long-term aim of increasing both the quantity and quality of Hull-based players playing the game at the highest level.

Discussions about the new Academy structure are ongoing between the two clubs who will operate their own Academies independently until the end of this year. From 2016 it is anticipated that existing staff from Hull FC and Hull KR will continue to be involved, with the new set-up to be based at Bishop Burton College, the home of Hull City’s Academy.

Although an official name for the joint Academy is yet to be decided, it has been agreed that the team will play in the neutral colours of yellow and blue, reflecting the livery long associated with the city of Kingston-upon-Hull and the colour scheme utilised by Hull City Council.

The progression of young players from the Academy to the first teams of Hull FC or Hull KR will be decided via a draft system.

Hull Kingston Rovers chairman Neil Hudgell said: “I’m sure this decision will divide opinion but I am confident that when supporters find out more about the joint Academy, they will understand the reasons why we have made this move and the benefits it will bring to all parties.

“It is in no way, shape or form a pre-cursor to a full merger between the clubs. We have always been outspoken about the pride, passion, history and rivalry that exists between the two sides and that will never change. I’m a fifth-generation Rovers fan and I cannot ever see the day when there is only one Rugby League club in Hull.

“I’m sure everybody else feels the same way and it’s certainly not going to happen on my watch. That rivalry will be maintained at senior level and it will be a case of business as usual for the first team.

“Both we and Hull FC have ambitions of competing in the upper echelons of Super League on a consistent basis but we need to work together to make both clubs stronger because I’m sure every rugby league fan in the city would love a return to the glory days of the 1980s when both sides regularly competed in finals.

“It has to be the goal to get there again and in order to achieve that, we need to do everything possible to invest appropriately in the right areas of the club and do all we can to develop home-grown players capable of playing at the very highest level of the game.

“There is still a lot to be decided and a lot of details to be ironed out, but the city of Hull has always been a hotbed of Rugby League and we hope this joint side will be a platform for success, as well as one of the strongest Academies in the country in its own right.”

The new Academy will be funded by the two Hull clubs and will operate teams in under-19 and under-16 age groups within the current youth development structure.

The model is also likely to be ground-breaking in the development of a “Super Academy”, a concept promoted by the RFL, which will place a greater emphasis on talent identification and the recruitment of leading community players both from Hull and further afield.

A consultation process is now underway with the coaching and backroom staff at both clubs, whilst Hull FC and Hull KR will also consider recruiting additional external candidates with top-level experience to add to the new Academy set-up off the field.

By combining resources, the joint venture will offer a highly resourced environment and will allow for additional spend in critical areas of player development.

Hull FC owner Adam Pearson said: “We are extremely proud of our Academy set-up, its current RFL status of ‘Outstanding’ and the legacy it has created down the years, but we have to recognise when the time is right for development and growth.

“We often shout about Hull as a hotbed of Rugby League talent, a founding home for the sport, but the harsh reality is that the talent pool is smaller than it once was.

“The cost base of running successful Academies of this nature is growing and the opportunity to spend quality and focused development time with our young athletes faces numerous challenges.

“To develop an Academy function that the city on the whole can be proud of will allow us to focus time, energy and resources on these key areas which will create a pathway to develop international stars of the future, whilst also allowing both clubs and Rugby League to be pioneers in setting up the first of these ‘Super Academies’, that will soon become common place across the country.

“The city will continue to be proud of the home-grown talent we will continue to produce, but hopefully now in greater numbers and quality, with our aspirations to see more players than ever before go on to represent their clubs and city at the highest level, both domestically and internationally.

“The Academy will embrace all that is good about the city and both Hull FC and Hull KR, but won’t affect our central position as rival clubs and our drive to compete at the top of Super League.

“The clubs are probably working together more closely now than ever before, yet this only seems to have heightened the rivalry and competitive streak within both organisations, which is a healthy relationship and good for growth of both clubs on and off the field.”

“By maintaining this rivalry but working together along with the RFL where required, it will allow us to continue to strive for consistent success and ensure this sport remains key to the city’s historic identity moving forward, particularly in Hull2017 and beyond.

“It will be great to see the city really get behind this new initiative and we hope our fans and those large Hull-based organisations will endorse what we’re trying to do and support both clubs and the sport more generally, ensuring come a Monday morning that their friends, colleagues and workforce are all happy and motivated following the weekends results! Their support for the sport and both clubs is appreciated more than ever before.”

Confirmation of plans to form a joint academy comes on the back of another strong season for both Hull clubs at youth level, with a total of 11 players from both sides selected for international duty at under-19, under-16 or under-15 age groups already this year.

Both teams also finished in the top-five of the under-19s competition before the mid-season split, whilst a recent independent 2015 Academy Accreditation Report awarded Hull FC’s existing academy a Level 1 “outstanding” rating and Hull KR’s a Level 2 “good” rating – results which show a new joint venture will be launched from a stable platform of success.

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “We would like to congratulate Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers for the positive way in which they have approached a pioneering initiative which stands to bring tangible benefits not just to both clubs, but to the wider sport.

“There are obvious benefits from pooling the elite young players from one of the sport’s most important development areas into one high quality environment, and we have no doubt that it will result in an increase in both the quantity and quality of talent flowing into the game.

“Hull and Rovers are leading the way with this creation of a ‘Super Academy’ which could provide a model for other clubs to follow.”

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Mill Lane United Win National Title For Third Year Running

Mill Lane United Win National Title For Third Year Running

Mill Lane United Win National Title For Third Year Running

Mill Lane United Yellows girls football team created history in their final tournament together when they retained their National title for a third successive year.

This was more remarkable than their two previous national successes, due to end of the year exams the team had very limited training and their last full competitive game been the County Cup Final at the end of April. The Aces tournament is classed as the hardest test of the season as all teams are Champions of their own divisions so it’s the best teams representing their area of the country.

Mill Lane Yellows were drawn in group A with games against, Boldon Girls (representing Sunderland) York RI, Bishop Stortford, Yeovil and Sheffield Wednesday winning 3 drawing 1 and 1 defeat to finish top of the group with 10 points. The last 8 draw resulted in The Yellows been drawn against Oxford City, and one thing Mill Lane Yellows have learned over the years is that this is where the competition gets serious.

Oxford started strongly and to be fair the Yellows who had not been at their best so far during the day were second best. It was therefore, no surprise to see Oxford take a deserved lead. Clearly rattled nothing really going right for them Mill Lane were looking lost devoid of ideas heading towards half time.

One thing we know about The Yellows over the years, though they never give up, and they equalised on the stroke of half time when a brilliant cross from Marie(Misty) Russell was superbly headed into the net by Tonya Storr. The second half started with both teams creating chances, but as the final whistle went, the score remained locked at 1 1 and the game went to penalties. The Yellows held their nerve to make it through to the semi finals against Coventry City.

The semi final started and Mill Lane Yellows finally started to believe having the better of the exchanges, the midfield of Mcleod, Smith, Johnson and Storr started to dominate and ably assisted by forwards Nagee and Russell were unlucky not to get the goal. They needed to take them to the final. The second half was much the same, but despite the efforts of both teams, the game went to penalties. Again, the Yellows held their nerve to make it through to their 3rd successive Aces National Final.

Derby County were their opponents a rematch from last year. After nearly 150 minutes of football that started at 10am, the final took place at 6pm, the heavy rain from the morning had disappeared and was replaced by very hot conditions. So the scene was set Unbeaten Derby County against Double winning Mill Lane Yellows.

The game was end to end with Derby shading both possession and territory. Playing some nice passing football Derby looked the more likely to score as the Yellows tired in the heat, but outstanding defence from Courtney Lees, Courtney McConville, Charlotte and Emily Holliday kept them at bay, ably assisted by shot stopper Leah Shalgosky, who was outstanding throughout the tournament.

Goal-line blocks and some assured goal keeping kept the score level at full-time and as at last year’s tournament penalties would decide. Over the years, The Mill Lane Yellows have developed mental strength above their years and as penalties were missed and saved it came down to defender Courtney McConville to make sure the Yellows retained their trophy.

The pressure was on silence all around as McConville took that dreaded walk to the penalty spot. Placing the ball down McConville drilled the ball home to give this amazing grass roots team their third successive Aces National Title. The team embraced, and tears flowed as the enormity of their success was realised.

A tremendous effort from the full squad. So the Yellows from Mill Lane are no more seven years of unparalleled success been the most successful team ever in the East Riding Girls League, 162 games played in the local league and cups Won 153 Drew 4 with 5 defeats, their list of honours is endless three successive Aces National Titles, 7 successive league titles, 5 league Cups, 5 futsal Cups , 3 Tesco cups, 2 plate cups, 3 successive Blackpool Tournaments as well as 11 other tournament victories around the country.

An amazing 39 trophies won as well as finishing runners-up in six other tournaments out of 48 competitions entered. The team now move on to ladies football where I am sure success will follow and special mention to Amy Radford(who missed the end of the season due to injury) one of the original members of the team along with Emma Smith and Charlotte Holliday which played in the teams first game which resulted in a 19 nil victory.

Who could have thought how successful this team would come but with hard work determination and no little skill, this great bunch of girls did themselves proud .

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Davies Second Leads The PB Fest At Humber Half

Davies Second Leads The PB Fest At Humber Half

Davies Second Leads The PB Fest At Humber Half

Timmy Davies produced a personal best at last Sunday’s Humber Bridge Half Marathon, which was almost good enough to give him 1st place as he came a close 2nd to the winner, Matthew Nutt of Wimbledon Windmilers, by a mere 43 seconds, coming home in 1:16:19.

Timmy, who runs for both Leeds City and Beverley AC said;

“There were a number of us who could have won it”, commenting on the strong competition that took place in the earlier parts of the race, before the contest paired down to the first two. He put his new PB down to the strong and consistent training he has been doing of late.

He was not alone in a day of PB’s for Beverley AC in a race not known for being generous on that front. Nick Riggs, a serious triathlete, turned in 1:24:51 which saw him 22nd overall and 2nd in the 45-49 category.

Jim Harbidge turned his recent fell running experience into a new best half of 1:37:11. He claims the wonders of Beetroot juice as a contributing factor! Linda Wright has improved steadily over the past year since she joined the club and mirrored an excellent Marathon time this year with a PB of 1:51:33.

It is only 11 weeks since Fiona Oakes ripped her quads and calf open in a horrific cycling injury that prevented her running the Manchester Marathon, so her time of 1:56:08 was a tribute to her grit and bravery in recovering in such a short space of time.

Steve Ogden, who is undertaking the Nutter’s June Challenge of running at least 5k every day in the month, was yet another PB for the club in 1:57:38 as was 1st Beverley woman back was continual improver, Rebecca Burge, in 1:43:29. She was 23rd woman overall and 10th in the F15-34’s.

Rachel Sullivan added to the list, running for the Downright Special Charity, did 1:56:03 in only her 2nd half marathon.

Other notable efforts came from Matthew Horrocks in 1:31:42 (5th in 45-49’s) and Andy Arnold in 1:34:36 (8th in 50-54). Chris Dunn, consistent as ever at this distance did 1:38:42.

The Humber half is a challenging race with many undulations and the infamous ‘cardiac hill’ between miles 9 and 11. It has often been a hot day in recent years but this year the weather had mercy, keeping cool and overcast with a backwind to help the runners over the bridge on their return from the south bank. In addition the race had a record entry which will raise more money for the local charities it supports.

Clare Gardiner’s 1:49:31 made her 61st woman and 14th in the 35-39F category.

Other Beverley AC times:
Christian Peach 1:40:10, Jody Horth 1:43:01, Andrew Gray 1:54:10, Paul Furness 1:56:13, Andy Grainger 1:59:23, Ellie Newton-Symes (Downright Special Charity) 2:15:00, Pam Atkins 2:18:55, Frank Harrison 2:32:50, Catriona Williamson 2:35:56

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