WHITBY Harlequins put in a superb defensive display but in the end, paid the penalty for being a couple of men down on strong opposition.
The Quins started this home game on a freezing wet muddy pitch with only 13 men against Houghton and were under pressure from the start.
Only some fantastic tackling from the young Whitby team kept them in the game but the constant barrage eventually proved too much and the Quins’ defensive line was broken.
Prop Matt Jones came on to bring the home team up to 14 but Houghton scored again just before half-time to lead 10-0 although they were made to work for every point with some superb tackling from all the team.
Quins got back into the game when Steve Cuthbert managed to power over for a great try.
The impressive Aaron Jones started to find gaps in the visitors’ defence but it was the vistors who scored next with a dubious try.
The Quins once again would not lie down and came back again when Steve Cuthbert scored a second try after some good work from John Hanson converted by Tyler Cane to make the score 15-12.
With the Quins now looking good, disaster struck when just after Darrin Wright joined the fray after rushing home for his gear to give the Quins a full 15, they lost flying winger Matt Kendrew after a late tackle damaged his ribs and he had to retire, leaving the Quins a man short again.
From the next play, the visitors sealed victory after spreading the ball wide.
Quins nearly got a last minute try after a great break by Jones who fed Barry Heyes and with the tryline in his sight, he was taken out with a high tackle. The whistle then blew for full-time.
Man of the match goes to the whole team for a superb team performance playing with one and at times two men short but defending their line like lions in a fantastic defensive display.
Whitby Harlequins 12 Houghton 2nds 22