Whitby side’s draw against favourites ‘felt like defeat’

Whitby Rugby Club opened up the season and life in the Scarborough and District Saturday league division two with a game against one of the title favourites, Newlands Park.

Club got off to a dream start when new signing Benn Sullivan’s free-kick into the box was glanced in at the far post by Marc Usher on 10 mins.

Rugby club continued to press and were unlucky on several occasions not to extend there lead.

Newlands gave out a warning sign just before the break when striking the post from a free-kick on the edge the area.

The second half began the opposite way boss Ste Mothersdale had wanted – after telling his team at half-time to press Newlands from the off as they would come out stronger for the first 15 minutes.

A needless free-kick was conceded on the edge of the area and dispatched superbly into Gale’s right hand corner for 1-1.

Straight away, Gale kept his side level when a Newlands striker rolled his defender and Gale saved point blank to keep his effort out. The reaction Mothersdale wanted arrived straight away.

Club’s man of the match Sullivan and Kilpatrick linked up well on the left and Kilpatrick was bundled over for a club pen on 55.

Jobling stepped up and blazed over to the delight of the Newlands players but Jobling only had to wait two minutes to make amends.

Sent clear on goal, he rounded the keeper, drilled it back across goal from a right angle and the ball was helped on its way into the net by a Newlands defender sliding in.

Five minutes later it was 3-1 as Richardson drilled a shot in off a post from just inside the box. That should have been that but Club gave a ball away cheaply and Newlands capitalised to reduce the arrears to 3-2 with a low angled drive to set up a tense last ten minutes. They got the equaliser when another needless foul was given away on edge of the box.

Gale saved well but could only push it out in front of an oncoming Park striker who side-footed in to finish off the scoring.

Mothersdale said: “This felt like a defeat after being totally in control in the first half and leading 3-1 with 20 minutes to go against a good side. We made three basic mistakes we need to brush up on.”

Whitby RFC 3 Newlands Park 3