Coach’s praise for 1sts’ fighting spirit

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Whitby Maroons’ first team coach Darryl Grason praised his side’s fighting spirit in a campaign which ended in agonising fashion.

Speaking at Whitby Rugby Club’s end of season dinner and presentation night on Friday, Grason said it had been a challenging season competing in the Durham and Northumberland League’s second tier.

Maroons took until the end of November to win a league match, defeating Hartleppol away but were always up against it, despite rallying well towards the end of the campaign.

Hartlepool’s points deduction offered Whitby renewed hope of staying up until their hopes were controversially dashed by a harsh referrring decision in a last-ditch, last-kick defeat to Hartlepool BBOB. Grason paid tribute to the leadership qualities of Maroons’ skipper Steve Allen in a campaign which saw them almost pull off a “great escape”.

First team player of the year award on the night went to John Hatton, with the top try-scorer Scott Armstrong.

Guest speaker was ex-Rotherham and Wakefield, and now Sandal, coach Jim Kilfoyle and the food was supplied by Royal Fisheries and Miriam Reed.