Boss delighted as Rugby Club pull off cup shock

WHITBY RFC caused a shock as they cruised into the next round of the League Trophy at the expense of high-flying second division side Flixton.

The away side started brightly and led on 10 minutes when a superb team move which saw Ben Hogarth cross for Damon Craig who neatly back heeled to top scorer Ben Watson to lashed home left footed.

Whitby continued to dominate the early stages but were dealt a blow when Flixton levelled with their first attack after a neat move, before Kilpatrick was brought down in the area and Watson scored his second from the spot as the away side led 2-1 at the break.

The second half saw Flixton dominate the first 15 minutes and equalise when a long ball caught out the club defence and the home striker smartly tucked past Fish to level the game.

Whitby RFC then scored a vital goal when Craig chased a lost cause and caused confusion between the Flixton keeper and defender and Watson charged down and nipped in to make it 3-2 with 25 minutes remaining.

Flixton pressed for an equaliser but were caught on the break when Brown’s lovely lobbed pass found Kilpatrick who raced clear and crossed for Hogarth to tap in and seal the tie.

Kilpatrick was then brought down again for a second penalty but his spot-kick was well saved by the home keeper.

But he did get on the scoresheet in the dying second when his 18-yard shot was deflected home.

Whitby RFC manager Chris Headlam was happy with the result.

“We dominated the match against opponents from a league above us and fully deserved our win,” he said.

“You couldn’t tell which team had come from division two and which was in division three as everyone from back to front was superb.

“We look forward to the next round.”

Flixton 2 Whitby RFC 5