Three goals disallowed - but RFC hit another eight!

WHITBY RFC had the luxury of having three goals disallowed and missing a penalty as they enjoyed a fine return to winning ways after a two-week break.

The Whitby side led after four minutes when Ben Hogarth, who was superb throughout, broke down the right and crossed low for Mike Kilpatrick to tap home at the far post for 1-0.

The away side then had a goal disallowed for a dubious offside, the first of three before the second goal of the game arrived soon after when Hancock’s through ball was slid under the advancing keeper by Craig.

It was all one-way traffic and RFC soon made it 4-0 with two more goal sandwiching a disallowed one when Watson finished off a lovely move. This was again orchestrated by Hogarth down the right as he weaved through the home defence and crossed, Watson making no mistake with the header.

Watson grabbed his second when he beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper.

Whitby then had their third goal disallowed and were awarded a penalty when Hogarth was brought down in the area.

Adam Steele though failed to convert as the keeper saved brilliantly to his right and the rebound fell kindly into his arms. RFC cruised into a 4-0 lead at the break with Fish in goal a virtual spectator.

The second half saw Seamer start better but the away side soaked up the five minutes of pressure and were back in the goals on 62 minutes when Damon Craig bagged his second after a smart counter-attack.

Watson completed a deserved hat-trick, Kilpatrick bagged his second of the game with a 20-yard drive and substitute Taylor rounded off the scoring, having only been on the field two minutes, when Jones effort was parried and he tapped the rebound home.

Seamer, who battled to the end to keep the score below double figures, will be glad to have seen the back of RFC after they beat them 12-1 in the corresponding home fixture while rugby club also dumped Seamer 1sts out of the league trophy.

With Heslerton and Riskers dropping points it turned out to be a good day for the Whitby outfit, who now set their sights on pushing for promotion.

Whitby RFC: D Fish, B Hogarth, C Headlam, A Steele, J Inglis, M Kilpatrick (S Taylor) M Jones, S Hancock (M Brennan), I Rhucroft, D Craig, B Watson (L Brennan)

Man of the match: Mike Kilpatrick

Match sponsors: Whitby Rugby Club, Passage To India bar and restaurant

Seamer Sports Reserves 0 Whitby RFC 8