Sleights ‘proud’ despite Rugby Club defeat

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A late flurry from hosts Whitby Rugby Club gave the scoreline a flattering look as they claimed a Monday night derby victory over Sleights.

Arron Leeman nodded home at the far post from Lee Brennan’s left-wing cross midway through the first half to put the visitors in front.

The young away side’s quick, short passing was shading Club’s more direct approach, though Sam Richardson’s ferocious 30-yard effort clipping the top of the crossbar was a sign of the hosts’ intent, early in the second half.

Then at the other end, Brennan had a great chance to double the villagers’ lead, on the break, when Leeman flicked on, but the tricky winger drove agonisingly wide of Sam Gale’s left-hand post.

The home side laid siege late on and despite appeals for handball in the build up, Ste Ross beat Jamie Wassall, with a close-range diving header, to equalise, with eight minutes left. With the momentum changing,

Club continued to push and Mike Kilpatrick put them ahead, five minutes from time.

Damon Craig then volleyed home point-blank with the last kick.

Reserves boss Rob Ingham told The Whitby Gazette: “I’m obviously disappointed that we couldn’t see it out, but drowning out that feeling is huge pride in the lads.

“They battled from start to finish and over the two games, we’ve proven we can compete with the best teams this league has to offer.”

Sleights FC Res: Wassall, Asbury, Graham, Hale, Kipling, Hancock, Leeman (Belchamber 69), Wiggins (c) (Trotter 54), Fawcett, L Brennan, Ingham (Wilson 77).

Sleights Reserves’ Man of the Match: Luke Asbury

Club sponsor: First In Last Out

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