WHITBY RFC progressed to the semi-finals of the Frank White Trophy where they will face a local derby with Whitby Fishermen’s Society after overcoming FC Filey on Saturday.
The home side dominated the first 45 minutes on a slippery surface and against the wind, Whitby were indebted to David Fish in their goal who produced a string of fine saves.
This included a one-on-one when the home striker looked certain to score as the teams remained at 0-0 at the break, Whitby RFC without doubt the happier of the two teams.
The second half saw a totally different display and after Fish had again made a fine save to deny Filey, the Rugby Club who took the lead on 61 minutes when Lee Brennan spun his marker and flicked over the advancing keeper to punish Filey for their missed chances.
The vital second arrived five minutes later when FC Filey appealed in vain for offside as Watson raced cleared and clinically finished to make it 2-0.
Fish again denied FC Filey, who were having a day to forget in front of goal and the away side had a chance to wrap the game up with 10 minutes remaining when they were awarded a penalty after a cynical challenge sent Brennan crashing to the floor.
But Damon Craig sent his spotkick way over the bar and the match was still in the balance.
Filey pressed forward but the killer third arrived on 87 minutes when Watson raced cleared and after his initial effort was blocked, he rounded the keeper and lashed home to seal Whitby RFC’s passaged to the last four.
Fish did get the clean sheet his display merited and also picked up the man of the match award.
Match sponsors: Whitby Rugby Club; Passage To India
FC Filey 0 Whitby RFC 3