WHITBY Maroons’ fantastic season continued with a crushing win at Yarm who had only lost once at home this season.
The Maroons faced a tricky trip to Yarm, missing the influential Tristan Pottas at number eight and long-term injury victim Andy Grady from the back row, with Phil Coverdale coming into the side to strengthen the front row and Gordon Bland on the bench.
Yarm lay in fifth place but with two games in hand and they had only lost once all season on their own patch.
Whitby faced a slight slope in the first half but attacked from the off with the bullish Dave Straker to the fore, with the home side struggling to live with the pace of the Maroons.
An eight-point gap was opened up care of a Dave Straker try and Christian Pollock penalty.
Aided by a good ref, the Maroons were willing to play advantage and let the game go and were now in charge, bossing the breakdown.
The Maroons maintained their intensity and Anthony Craig returning to the back row was next to touch down.
A further Pollock penalty allied to Joe Lenton crossing saw a half of complete Maroon dominance end 23-0.
Turning round with three tries to the good and needing one more for the invaluable bonus point Whitby, aided by some woeful kick-offs by the home side, continued to dominate, the extra point being secure when scrum half Bland nipped over.
Joe Lenton scored the try of the match, running a great angle off a ‘killer’ ball from influential fly half Steve Allen.
Phil Coverdale, Anthony Craig and Christian Pollock also went over as the one way traffic continued.
This was a comprehensive win for the Maroons with once again the 19 players travelling all willing to share the hard work.
The team stuck to the season’s game plan rigidly and played in the right areas of the field with organisation to the fore, this led to domination of the ball and territory.
Although on top, the forwards need to produce better decision-making at the breakdown in future, knowing when to clean out and when to be a support runner. The line-outs, while improved, still need work.
Backs wise the timing of the pass in the centres was at times laboured, and at times they played to shallow but with the quality of the rugby produced and the eight fine tries, it was a bit hard to be critical.
A good effort all round with the Maroons once again looking like a team, open side Jack Grady put in some massive hits backed up by Jim Newton and Anth Craig. Whitby were fitter than Yarm and it counted.
Whitby Gazette man of the match: Phil Coverdale - probably his best game in the Maroon shirt, strong all day and a big heart.
Yarm 0 Whitby Maroons 54