Whitby RFC have drawn first blood in the first of their two cup semi-finals against Athletico 2B, after emerging victorous in Saturday’s league trophy clash.
Athletico were full of confidence after a fantastic run but will now be out for revenge when the pair meet again in the semi-finals of the Frank White Trophy .
Whitby RFC were keen to play to their full potential to get to the final and gain the upper edge for the rest season.
Rugby Club started and set the tempo straight away, dominating possesion and putting pressure on the Scarborough side.
Pulling the strings in the middle of the park, David Swales laid a ball out to Inglis who past to Ross who wriggled past two defenders and pulled the ball back to Craig six yards out, who blazed over with the keeper beaten.
The crucial opening goal came after half an hour when Club were awarded a free-kick 30 yards out.
Welham stepped up and smashed up and over the wall and past the despairing hands of the keeper to make it 1-0.
The advantage was doubled five minutes later as Ross found Jobling in the area, who held off his man and finished well from a tight angle.
But the second half got off to the worst possible start for the hosts as a long ball caught the Club static and Andy Goodwin raced through and placed past the onrushing keeper Gale.
This proved to be Athletico’s last real scoring opportunity as this spurred club on, but the next 20 minutes Athletico were pinned back with the relentless attacks from Rugby Club.
Paul Jobling restored the two-goal lead with a low finish to the keeper’s right.
Ross then made the cup tie safe, charging into the area and drilling home.
The Athletico keeper was keeping the score respectable with a lovely performance but was soon picking the ball out the goal again.
Jobling and Hogarth started a move on the right which was crossed and met by Marc Usher for 5-1 and to send club into the final.
Boss Ste Mothersdale said: “I’m over the moon to be in the final. We have beaten teams in higher divisions as well as teams in our own to get here.
“I have 16 quality players to choose from every week and every one of them has a role to play. We went out there and dominated possession right from the word go.
“We played them off the park and could been more.
“I said this could be tense and feel tight and leggy feeling like that but they just simply wanted it and gave it everything.
“We will be the underdogs in the final as we await who it will be from the other semi – which is two teams from the league above.
“It will be a fantastic night in Pickering and were looking forward to it.
“I’m proud of the lads – they are a tight-knit group that deserve it. Nothing would make me happier to see them all with winners’ medals.”
Man of the match: David Swales – at times unplayable at this level; plus Josh Crabtree for his contribution.
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