Rugby Club rally but leave it too late

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WHITBY RFC bowed out of the Junior Cup to second division high flyers Edgehill Reserves in a scoreline which flattered the home side in a topsy-turvy encounter at Staxton.

Edgehill raced out of the blocks and appeared to be cruising as they led 3-0 at the break, the away side being a victim of their own downfall on more than one occasion with two of the three goals easily preventable.

Edgehill added an early fourth in the second half and all appeared over, but this seemed to wake up Whitby RFC, who pinned their opponents back for the remainder of the half.

Man of the match Ben Hogarth induced some poor challenges as he continued to beat his opponent time and time again and he set up a way back into the game on 65 minutes when he fed Dave Welham, who lashed home for 4-1.

This seemed to panic the home side and soon it was 4-2 when subsitute Wilson raced cleared and dinked over the oncoming keeper, before two good chances were spurned to make it 4-3 as the Rugby Club rallied.

Edgehill added a fifth as they caught the away side on the break and in the end they deservedly progressed to the last eight, with RFC left to bemoan another poor start to a game which could have been so different.

Man of the match: Ben Hogarth - superb, beat his man all day long - only thing missing was a goal to cap the display.

Match sponsors: Passage to India Bar & Restaurant, Whitby RFC, Oxfam Whitby.

Edgehill Reserves 5 Whitby RFC 2