Maroons run in 69 points in Blyth battering

Whitby entertained a Blyth side whose results had improved since they handed Whitby a shock narrow 7-5 defeat in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season.

Thursday, 9th March 2017, 11:51 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:10 am
Gordon Bland was Whitby's star man

The hosts welcomed back captain Gordon Bland along with Richard Eglon who passed a late fitness test.

In sticky conditions the game kicked off with both teams showing a good competitive edge.

Unfortunately for Whitby, Blyth were displaying a higher degree of discipline at the break down which started the continued penalisation of the Whitby team.

The visitors took advantage of this and converted a penalty to take an early lead.

Whitby soon began to settle and started to play some good expansive rugby, this accumulated with two converted tries in quick succession from full-back Stu Gregson and stand-in hooker John Hatton.

However, the penalty count was still a concern for Whitby, which returned Blyth six more points with a further two converted penalties.

The home side then pressed on with a great individual try from winger Guy Taylor that was soon followed up by a try from centre Connor Clennan, to get the all-important bonus point. Gregson duly converted again.

With half-time approaching the game was made safe for Whitby with two further converted tries with the second of the afternoon for Hatton followed up by a try for the ever-improving Mitchell Cannon.

This gave Whitby a 42-9 lead at the interval.

The half-time team-talk witnessed coach Matt Webster demand more from his players in terms of discipline and attitude.

The home side pressed their opposition from the off after the interval.

Aaron Jones was the next to go over the try-line to finish off a fine Whitby move through the back-line.

The committed Blyth side continued to put all their efforts into the contests and were rewarded with a close-range try of their own to compliment the commitment they had shown all afternoon.

However, this would not stop a rampant Whitby team who soon stretched their lead by a further 10 points through tries from Sam Webster and James Newton.

Whitby then suffered two injuries, both with hamstring problems, with Jannie Jacobs and Connor Clennan having to be replaced with Oliver Roberts and George Reeves.

In the final stages of the contest Whitby managed to gloss the scoreline further with number eight Jack Braithwaite going over for a converted try and Hatton grabbing his hat-trick try to complete a fine afternoon for the versatile player.

This was a strange afternoon which was complimented by a convincing 69-14 scoreline.

Manager Matt Jones said: “Although we are very happy with the result, we need to improve on our discipline which was very poor.

“On a more positive note, we have surpassed last season’s points total, with still five games left to play, and are fifth in the league.

“This highlights how the players are both learning and improving.”

Man of the Match: Gordon Bland A display full of energy and the will to win.