Beal leads charge as Upton cause cup upset

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UPTON caused a cup upset on Saturday as they came from behind to defeat higher-division Kings Cross Park 24-12 to progress in the Pennine Presidents Cup.

The First Division hosts trailed their Championship opponents 12-10 at the interval but produced a top-drawer second half performance to progress.

Upton started brightly but an early unforced error allowed the visiting winger in for the opening, and converted, try of the match.

Good work from Craig Brown, Alex Copcut and Marcus Simmons helped give Upton good field position and captain Steve Beal was not going to waste it.

Beal beat one defender and then off-loaded to the supporting Todd Williamson to go in at the corner. Beal also converted.

Defences were on top until the half-hour mark when Steve Froggatt put in Craig Shippley to give Upton the lead for the first time.

But Beal’s failure to convert proved the difference at half-time as Park went over for their second converted try to lead 12-10 at the interval.

Upton resumed in determined mood and Beal produced a superb individual try to give his side a lead they never relinquished.

The hosts had to defend well, however, with Beal and Brendan Roostan preventing a try in the corner and Shippley kicking the ball dead after a Paul Thompson tackle saved what looked like a certain try.

The points were all-but secured on the hour mark when Roostan went over the whitewash and Beal converted.

The latter also kicked a penalty with ten minutes to spare to wrap-up the scoring.

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