Depleted Maroons crushed by West Hartlepool

Whitby RUFC in action
Whitby RUFC in action

A depleted Whitby RUFC side’s struggles continued in Durham Northumberland One on Saturday as they slipped to an 85-0 defeat against former Premiership side West Hartlepool.

Missing 10 first-team players Whitby knew this would be a tough ask and it was.

Whitby started brightly, holding onto the ball and pressuring the visiting side’s defence.

The opening 20 minutes were a nervy tight affair with neither side getting an advantage. This was as good as it got for Whitby.

From the 20th minute onwards there was a barrage from West Hartlepool, scoring try after try and punishing each and every Whitby error.

Only brave defence from John Hatton stopped the score getting even worse, leaving the final score 85-0 to West Hartlepool.

This was surely the nadir of Whitby’s season, with both unavailability issues and on field performances making this a perfect storm for a poor showing and hopefully Whitby will be stronger for the experience going forward. Many thanks should be extended to eight players who stepped in at short notice.

Whitby, with just one point to their name, are now seven points adrift of second-from-bottom Ponteland, with the likes of Medicals and Horden and Peterlee already starting to look well clear on 13 points apiece.

Whitby return to league action a week on Saturday, November 17, with a tough trip to face Stockton, with a crunch clash at home to fellow strugglers Ponteland the following Saturday.