Full-strength Whitby surge to glory

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Whitby Rugby Club under 17s travelled to Acklam to play their final game together and for the first time this season, were able to field a full strength team.

A hard match was expected but Whitby forwards were dominating the scrum, leading to Whitby’s dynamic scrum half Matt Dudman getting the ball out to Sam Webster, who was feeding the backs with plenty of possession.

On one such occasion, Alex Beaumont crashed through Acklam’s desperate tackles to open the scoring for Whitby.

Acklam were finding the Whitby forwards too strong with some big tackles put in by Ryan Skidmore and Josh Shutt.

Bruce Reed then rucked the ball well, back to Matt Dudman to pass out to Cam Leadley to score in the corner.

Whitby’s back row of Steven Cuthbert, Jack Braithwaite and Ryan Vasey were breaking at every opportunity and wings Connor Clennan and Matt Kendrew were easily outpacing their opponents.

This domination led to Alex Beaumont collecting the ball on the halfway line, after some good work by Sam Webster and he ran to score under the posts.

The only time Acklam manged to stage an attack in the Whitby half they were awarded a penalty but Whitby kept their foot off the accelerator and continued to play their champange style of rugby.

Beaumont scored his third try of the game before the break.

The second half started with Whitby making two changes, bringing on Alex Taylor and Jack Reeves. It was a welcome return for both players who have been injured for most of the season.

Whitby carried on where they left off with Sam Webster again creating the space and releasing Matt Dudman to score a try. For a five-minute period, Acklam applied some pressure and were rewarded with a try scored by their scrum half but Whitby picked themselves straight up with some big tackles from James Newton.

Joe Lenton was making darting runs from full back and this was helping to keep Acklam in their own half. One of these runs lead to him scoring a try.

Whitby were again playing at breakneck speed and their pace soon led to another try for Beaumont. Some excellent work down the wing by Charlie Ashford saw the ball reach Matt Dudman to score the final try of the game for 48-10.

Whitby finished this season fourth in Yorkshire League division two.

Try scorers: Alex Beaumont 4, Matt Dudman 2, Cam Leadley, Joe Lenton; conversions: Connor Clennan, Matt Dudman, Alex Beaumont and Sam Webster.

Man of the Match: the whole team had an outstanding game, which was an example of the wonderful rugby this Whitby team is capable of when commitments allow the whole team to come together.

Acklam U17s 10 Whitby U17s 48