High-fliers catch Whitby on off-day

Whitby's Matt Dudman eyes an opening
Whitby's Matt Dudman eyes an opening

WHITBY Rugby Club under 17s entertained Malton, one of the high-flying teams in Yorkshire League division two, who brought a large and vocal support.

Whitby started brightly and despite the disadvantage of playing uphill, the Maroons were on the front foot for the first 20 minutes but whatever they threw at Malton, the visitors responded with some strong defending.

Sam Webster seeks to offload the ball

Sam Webster seeks to offload the ball

Whitby were looking comfortable playing in the Malton half, however, a couple of missed tackles on Malton’s pacey winger saw him score the first try in the corner.

This changed the course of the match and Whitby’s heads went down, allowing Malton to gain dominance in the game.

Very few positives for Whitby emerged from the first half, apart from a fantastic try-saving tackle by Cam Leadley.

By the end of the first half, Malton had scored three tries and a penalty, leaving the score 0-2 at the interval.

Mitch Eglon on the attack for Whitby

Mitch Eglon on the attack for Whitby

The second half started with Whitby pushing Malton back in their own half but still the away side dealt with anything thrown at them.

Whitby’s only half-chances were being set up by the marauding Mitch Eglon, who made several probing runs again.

Whitby tried to attack but Malton again gained control and the speed of their break left Whitby stretched in defence as they scored the only try of the second half.

Things went from bad to worse for Whitby when, in the final few minutes, Whitby were dealt a blow, as Jack Braithwaite was sent off.

Malton dominated this game, especially the lineout and with their pace on the wings, they put in a match-winning performance on a day when Whitby were well below par.

Man of the match: Mitch Eglon for his all-round play.

Whitby 0 Malton 27