WHITBY Rugby Club ended their Scarborough League third division campaign with a comfortable if uninspiring victory over rock bottom Scalby Reserves at the Showfield.
Whitby rang the changes and welcomed back Mike Headlam alongside Adam Steele at the back, with Craig Reeves taking the gloves and Mike Brennan and Mark Jones also returning to the starting line-up.
The home side struggled in the first 45 minutes to get any tempo, but took the lead when Steele found the net from a goalmouth scramble.
Scalby levelled on 28 minutes when Hancock gave away a free-kick and the wall parted, leaving Reeves no chance in the RFC net.
This seemed to wake the home side up, who needed at least a point to finish above Sleights and three to finish above Cayton.
They regained the lead when Hancock ghosted in and headed home from Brennans cross going into the break,
The second half was a more one-sided affair with the home side looking to kill the game off and the away side content to sit behind the ball and look to counter.
Various chances came and went for a frustrated RFC, with substitute Rhucrofft having an effort tipped over the bar, Kilpatrick blazing over and Wilson missing two one-on-ones with the keeper when it seemed easier to score.
The game remained in the balance until Ben Hogarth took charge and picked the ball up, beating three men before calmly hitting the target in the 89th minute to wrap up the points and seal fifth place.
Manage Chris Headlam was glad to get the win: “We had a shocking night in front of goal and our first half performance was possibly the worst of the season, but we upped our game in the second half and Scalby caused no real troubles.
“Craig Reeves came in and played well in goal, Mike Headlam came back from self-imposed retirement and slotted back in perfectly and Adam Steele stood out at the back.
“We have had an up and down season but that’s maybe down to the top half of the division being a lot stronger with the addition of Soba and Sleights than it has been in previous seasons.
“We will build and look to get promotion next season.”
Man of the match: Adam Steele
Whitby Rugby Club 3 Scalby Reserves 1