The Blue and Golds travelled to the Roy Waudby Arena last Saturday for a testing pre-season friendly against Premier League opposition.
They got just the tough work out that coach Guy Adams was looking for and a lifting second half performance saw them go very close to stealing a win.
Beverley’s pack really took the game to their opponents. Nicky Cross and Adam Jobling, a close season capture from York-based outfit Heworth, were outstanding.
Also, Joe Wileman caught the eye and looks a certainty to cement a place in the starting line-up this season after been on the fringes for some time, while Gavin Proctor was his usual lively self around the ruck areas.
The early exchanges of the game saw the home side race to a 10-0 lead inside 20 minutes as they caught the ring-rusty visitors cold.
Beverley were guilty of turning over possession early in the tackle count and put themselves under too much pressure.
When they finally settled down they pulled back a try in the 35th minute courtesy of Steve Connolly joining the line to score besides the posts. Ryan Watkin converted.
The home side scored anhalf time to lead 16-6.
Cottingham looked to be turning the screw 10 minutes into the second half when they added another converted try to lead 22-6. However, this seemed to inspire the fightback.
Telling breaks by Ben Calvert and Jake Hart-Fisher set up the position for a quick play the ball which saw the ball shipped quickly to the left for Lee Falcus to score wide out and reduce the arrears.
With the visiting pack now making inroads man of the match Jobling went over beside the posts for Wakin to add the extras.
The hosts showed signs of panic sending their restart kick out on the full. The resultant penalty and set of six saw the ever hard-working Watkin go over to convert his own try and level the scores at 22-22.
But the hosts managed to snatch victory with a try just two minutes from time.
Beverley can now look forward to the start of the season on September 14. That week is the first round of the Yorkshire Cup. However, they may receive a bye to the next round so may play a league match.