Second half goals put club on track for title

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Whitby RFC kept their title charge on track with a commanding second half performance on Saturday.

They are now just three points off the top of the Scarborough League third division and have five games in hand.

In difficult windy conditions, Rugby Club found it hard to get hold of the ball and were put under pressure from Westover, who had the wind behind them.

Westover hit a post before against the run of play, Marc Usher’s defence-splitting pass released Mikey Kilpatrick who raced into the area and finished across the keeper into the far corner for 1-0.

The lead was nearly extended when Usher took a ball down superbly in the box but fired wide.

Westover levelled five minutes before the interval when Travis Wood beat the offside trap and lobbed the ball over Gale to level going into the break.

Club started the second half better and from then on dominated possesion.

Paul Jobling’s long throw was flicked on by Usher to Steven Ross who finished low into the right corner from six yards to regain the lead.

Club extended the lead on the hour. Jobling’s corner was met by Usher, Hogarth had a stab at it but fell to Josh Crabtree who drilled home low and hard for his first goal for the club.

The points were sealed on 70 minutes when a Jobling cross was floated all the way to the back post to Kilpatrick, who got his brace, firing into the top corner at the back post.

Boss Ste Mothersdale praised his side for getting back to their best in the second half after struggling in the conditions before the break.

“The referee was blowing for anything which spoilt the game a bit,” he said.

“I’m pleased for Mikey Kilpatrick, back among the goals again and Josh Crabtree getting his first for the club.

“Chad Swales gets the man of the match for his tireless effort in the middle.

“We cut the gap at the top to three points with five games in hand. The unbeaten league run continues which is really pleasing.”

Whitby RFC 4 Westover 1