Maroons bounce back with 65-0 demolition

Captain Steve Allen setting up another Whitby attack
Captain Steve Allen setting up another Whitby attack

Whitby Maroons were looking to get straight back to winning ways with a home encounter against improving Jarrovians, who had beaten second-placed Houghton earlier in the season.

Whitby were without back rowers Nick Beaumont and Anthoney Craig and powerhouses James Gildroy and Shane Young.

Matt Russell returned to the pack along with Mitchell Cannon to give some much-needed aggression to the squad.

The game started with a rampant Whitby side making up for an under-par performance last time out with three well-structured tries in the first 10 minutes.

The first came with the primary attack of the afternoon with Stuart Gregson out-pacing his counterpart to keep his tally ticking over for the season.

This was shortly followed by the impressive flanker Gordon Bland dancing through the Jarrow defence after some neat play through the hands of his team mates.

The returning Mitchell Cannon was the next to go over the chalk line by using his power and determination to put his side well in control of proceedings.

The shellshocked Jarrovians side began to gain some composure but could do little to prevent Whitby further stretching their impressive early lead.

Captain Steve Allen was conducting his team with great tactical awareness and some impressive bursts through the opposition defence. The scoreboard was continuing to tick over with the tough tackling Connor Clements getting a deserved try after his usual forward running style paid off.

That was followed by fellow flanker Gordon Bland securing his second of the afternoon. With both scores converted by Gregson, this made the half-time score 29-0 to Maroons.

The second half started in similar vein to the first with the hosts really putting the pressure on and scoring no less than four more tries in the first ten minutes.

The first of which came after a great passing interchange between Oliver Roberts and Jack Reeves was finished off by the former, followed shortly after by Clements going over for his second of the afternoon.

The next try came from Gregson who also claimed his second of the game after again using his pace to run around the Jarrow defence.

Sam Webster was next in the queue for points after making what has now become his trademark with yet another quick-thinking interception and a long run into score.

Jarrovians did have an attempt at goal with a penalty but this effort fell wide and this was realistically their only attempt at points all afternoon.

The next score was down to the power and aggression of veteran prop Matt Russell who charged through several attempted tackles before touching the ball down.

The final try of the afternoon came from the powerful Cannon, who in similar fashion to the previous try, went forcefully over the tryline.

With Gregson converting three of the second half conversion attempts, this made the score 65-0.

This was deemed sufficient for the referee who blew the final whistle after just 20 minutes of play in the second half.

This was a much-improved display from a young Whitby side who will take confidence from such an emphatic win.

The young trio of Gordon Bland, Cannon and Clements stood out all afternoon along with Captain Allen.

Manager Matt Jones said: “The forwards especially made up for a lacklustre display from last weekend with more bodies at the ruck and with greater endeavour and purpose.

“The lineouts were also much better with Neil Waterfield securing much more ball.

“We have to be realistic about the limited opposition we faced today and sterner tests will have to be faced by this young team”.

Whitby Gazette Man of the Match: Gordon Bland – proved to be too much for the opposition with his silky skills on show all afternoon.

On Saturday (Dec 13), Whitby Maroons face the long trek to Prudhoe for what will be a tricky away game.

Coach Darryl Grason said: “Because of the distance involved, it is always a difficult place to go – they have a narrow, sloping pitch which they know how to play on.

“We lost there last season in a really disappointing match in which we never got going.

“We must look to be physical up front while keeping the tempo high to make our fitness count.”

Whitby Maroons 65 Jarrovians 0