GUISBOROUGH RUFC suffered a heavy defeat when travelling across the Wolds to play Beverley.

The Priorymen started brightly and, after winning a line-out on the opposition 10 metre line, took the lead within two minutes of the kick-off. From the set-piece the forwards set up a ruck. Rob Leggott attacked the midfield before Phil Shields and Tom Pajak combined, taking play into the right-hand corner. Play was switched back to the left wing where, after some astute handling skills, Connor McFarland collected a pass and crashed over to score. Lewis Robson failed with his conversion attempt.

That’s about as good as it got for Guisborough, as the home team hit back with a penalty and four unanswered tries, all of which were converted, to take a healthy half-time lead with the scoreboard reading: Beverley 31 points, Guisborough 5 points.

The second half started competitively for the first 15 minutes, before the home team broke the deadlock with a converted try. Two more converted tries were scored by the hosts, before Guisborough managed a try of their own. Attacking the flanks, Shields and Pajak made ground on the right wing. The recycled ball was shifted to the left wing, where Mark Ferguson broke through a tackle on the 22 metre line, allowing him to touchdown for a consolation try. The conversion was missed.

There was still enough time for Beverley to add a try and conversion in the last phase of the match to run out worthy winners, with the scoreboard reading: Beverley 57 points, Guisborough 10 points. Guisborough’s next game is at the Belmangate ground this evening at 7.30pm for the local derby floodlit against Middlesbrough.