WHITBY Harlequins entertained Old Stocktonions in a big league clash, missing their influential team manager Jim Fountain who was called away at late notice.
Luckily for the ‘Quins, with no first team game, club coach Matt Webster stepped into the breach to organise Jim’s troops.
The first half was a tight affair with both sides cancelling themselves out with good defending towards the end of the second half, though the visitors took the lead when their big number eight powered over from close range.
Whitby came straight back when captain Bruce Reed slipped over in the corner to go in at half-time with honours even at 5-5.
The Stockton side were first out the blocks in the second half when their pack drove the home side back for the number eight to score his second try.
After a dressing down from captain Reed, Whitby started to turn the game and stick to the plan of reducing the number of scrums as the visitors were dominating these and getting the ball out to the home side’s backs.
The team talk soon paid dividends when scrum half Joe Lenton rumbled over from close range to score and soon after centre, Aaron Jones outstripped the visitors’ defence to score, converted by Lenton.
Good defence by John Hatton and full back Neil Purves made sure the visitors did not get back into the game.
The last try of the game went to winger Matt Kendrew who was fed the ball in the home side’s 22 by big second row Darrin Wright.
He drew the defence to leave space for Kendrew to go on a 60-yard run and score the try of the game, converted by Lenton.
Once again, the developing ‘Quins side showed they have the quality in the team to change tactics in a game and play to their strengths.
Ed Richardson and Shane Young both had great games but man of the match was awarded to Matt Kendrew for a great attacking display.
Harlequins 24 Old Stocktonians 10