Upton’s fightback all in vain

Upton under eights played encouragingly in their  first competitive game of the season.
Upton under eights played encouragingly in their first competitive game of the season.

Upton ARLFC under 11s slipped to a second successive defeat when they were pipped 30-28 at Beeston Broncos.

Upton took an early lead when powerful build up play saw top tackler winner Joe Allen cross.

Broncos hit back but Upton restored their advantage with prop Brandon Slater’s first try of the season.

Inspired by stand-off Aiden Robinson, Beeston then took control to build an 18-10 interval lead which they increased to 30-12 in the second-half. When Upton finally got to grips with Robinnson, they started to show their true ability.

Tyler Raikes delivered a brilliant cut out pass for Spencer Hatfield to score.

Slater then scored his second before Raikes sent Hatfield away for a length of the field effort.

All Upton’s second half tries were converted but it was too little too late for the visitors who had left themselves too much to do.

Morgan Mears won the most improved award for his tireless running and superb defence. Dan Allen won both Upton’s and the opposition’s MOM awards for an outstanding display.

Upton hope to bag their first win this season when they host New Earswick All Blacks on Saturday.

Upton under eights played encouragingly in their first competitive game of the season against a well organised Kippax side.

For most of Upton’s side it was their first ever game.

Kippax scored two early tries. Upton showed resilience with good drives from Reilly Parry and Toby Ludewig.

Jacob Abell went close to scoring.

Joe Fudge made an impact off the bench making good yards.

Kippax added two more tries to lead 4-0 at half-time but the second half saw a different Upton side.

They showed more attacking fight through Jack Brown and Jayden Male who paved the way for Ludewig to cross. Good work by Kai Sykes and Jermaine Williamson then saw Kai Johnson show neat footwork to score.

Harry Edwards tackled well and Jack Sykes made endless tackles earn himself the top defender award.

Ludewig, who was influential throughout, scored Upton’s next try.

Kippax took their tally to seven tries but Upton continued to compete magnificently, with Dom Simmons and Ashton Winks to the fore.

Man of the match Jack Brown scored Upton’s final try in a much improved second-half effort from the team. They need to take the positives into next week’s game at Doncaster Toll Bar.