Maroons beaten at Seaton Carew

Luke Brown claims possession for Whitby Maroons in Saturday's defeat at Seaton Carew
Luke Brown claims possession for Whitby Maroons in Saturday's defeat at Seaton Carew

Just a week after suffering a last-minute defeat to league leaders Hartlepool, Whitby Maroons suffered another narrow loss.

Manager Matt Jones was left frustrated as his side were beaten 35-31 by Seaton Carew in their Durham and Northumberland Division Two clash, despite dominating for long periods.

“To only get one losing point out of that game leaves us all scratching our heads,” Jones told the Whitby Gazette.

“We dominated for large spells, but failed collectively to make the correct decisions at key times in the game, which ultimately cost us.

“This is the type of game that we have win if we want to maintain the challenge of staying at this level.”

Whitby recalled Guy Taylor and Ollie Roberts onto the wings for their trip north, and the game started with the visitors in the ascendency, playing their rugby in the right areas of the field.

With pressure mounting on the home defence, it was only a matter of time until the Maroons broke the deadlock, and they eventually did when Stuart Gregson kicked a penalty for 3-0.

Whitby continued to dominate proceedings and looked dangerous every time they took the ball to the oppositions defence with Luke Brown making some good aggressive forward running.

Scoring opportunities were however not taken, and the hosts levelled with a penalty of their own.

Gregson then kicked another three points to restore his side’s advantage before some neat play through the backs saw Jack Reeves finish off a good move for the first try of the afternoon, Gregson converting for 13-3.

Whitby’s young forward pack were working hard, but the visitors switched off just before the break and Carew scored in the corner with the last play of the half.

The second period started the way in which the first had ended with Carew slowly making their way up the field through their forwards.

They did not have to wait long until they went over the try line to level the scores, but Gregson kicked another penalty to move Whitby back ahead at 16-13.

A series of bad decisions saw the Maroons hand the initiative to their hosts and Carew helped themselves to a third try to take the lead for the first time.

The reliable boot of Gregson regained the advantage for Whitby at 19-18, but just two minutes later Carew again crashed over the line and the conversion was landed to open up a six-point lead.

The next few minutes took the game away from the Maroons, the home side kicking over a penalty after a yellow card for prop Phil Coverdale, followed closely after by a converted try, which left a shell-shocked Whitby trailing by 16 points.

The Maroons did respond and added some respectability to the scoreline with Gregson finishing off after a great pass from captain Gordon Bland, and this touch down was immediately followed by a solo effort from Taylor who went over under the posts.

Gregson took his own points tally for the afternoon to 21 with the conversion, but unfortunately for Whitby it was the last action of the match.

Whitby Co-Operative Man of the Match: Jack Braithwaite.