Rugby Club brush off Wasps

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WHITBY RFC continue to score for fun as they brushed aside promotion rivals Westover Wasps Reserves in a bruising encounter at the Showfield which took them second in the league.

Chris Headlam’s charges started poorly and fell behind on eight minutes when they failed to clear their lines and a 25-yard strike from Paul Oldroyd flew in off the crossbar to give the away side the lead.

This seemed to bring the club to life and top scorer Ben Watson levelled on 22 minutes when he rounded the keeper from Kilpatrick’s through ball and lashed home.

Whitby were their own worst enemies as they began to dominate and shot themselves in the foot when a long throw evaded the home defence and a simple tap-in from the resulting cross for Liam Buglass put Wasps 2-1 up on 33 minutes.

Again, the home side responded and went in level at the break when Damon Craig scored his first of the game following good work from Brennan.

The second half was all about the important fifth goal and Headlam was luck to avoid going in the book when he brought down the away striker when through on goal. The resulting free-kick was blocked by the wall.

Fish was called into action to make two saves before Rugby Club took the lead for the first time when Kilpatrick beat the ropey offside trap to fire home. This led to a series of debatable challenges from the away side before they hit back again to make it 3-3 with a speculative 25-yard drive which again gave Fish no chance.

The game was finely poised but the home side’s pressure paid when referee Stonehouse waved play on as Watson beat the poorly organised offside trap and rounded the home keeper to lash home with nine minutes remaining.

Rugby Club were giving as good as they got in all departments and sealed the win when the offside trap failed again, it was Craig’s turn to score and seal the match, much to the away side’s disgust.

Manager Chris Headlam was pleased to continue on a winning streak.

“We made hard work of average opposition, we gifted them goals but luckily enough at the moment are free-scoring and five goals in each of our last three games in testament to that,” he said.

“Their antics at times toward the referee and the team were questionable, but they went home with nothing and we took the points going into our big game against promotion rivals Snainton.

“Mike Kilpatrick was superb again for us and we need a win on Saturday after they beat us on the opening day.”

Whitby RFC 5 Westover Wasps Res 3