WHITBY RFC battled to a fine 2-1 win at Cayton Corinthian Reserves in an end to end encounter.
Whitby shuffled the pack as a mixture of holidays and last-minute drop-outs left the away side on the light side, with Taylor filling in at left back and Rhucroft making his return from a one-month ban.
The hosts started well and failed to capitalise on their dominance as Whitby RFC grew in confidence and took the lead when Brown was put through and he smartly lobbed the oncoming keeper for 1-0 on 29 minutes.
This was how it remained at the break.
The second half saw Whitby dominate and score a superb second as Hogarth played in Rhucroft who crossed for Hancock to smartly finish after a smart dummy from Damon Craig.
Cayton were almost back in the game but Inglis somehow hacked clear when the ball looked destined for the net as Rugby Club rode their luck to lead 2-0.
The Rugby Club continuted to dominate despite that scare and missed four good chances to put the game to bed.
Rhucroft was felled in the box but referee Smith waved away the appeals, Cayton grabbed a way back in when a hopeful long ball picked out the home striker who tucked home for 2-1 with 15 minutes to go.
Rugby Club defended well with Hancock and Brown superb in the middle of midfield and Steele providing a man of the match performance at centre half they took home the three points.
Cayton Corinthians 1 Whitby RFC 2