Whitby Maroons hosted struggling Winlaton Vulcans, whose recent performances had belied their league position, and won 28-0.
Whitby started brightly despite playing up the hill, keeping the ball and pressurising the visitors defence with lock forward Dan Marsay setting the ball up well for the backs to use.
The deadlock was broken quickly when Luke Brown sliced through Winlaton’s defence for a converted try to make the score 7-0.
Winlaton then began to enjoy their first period of possession, however Whitby’s defence was equal to the task, not giving the Vulcans an inch.
This caused Winlaton to chance their arm and throw a risky pass, which stand-in captain Sam Webster picked off and duly ran in to score under the posts to make the score 14-0.
The rest of the first half was marred by both teams’ inability to come to terms with the referee’s interpretation of the laws, meaning that the score remained 14-0 at the interval.
Whitby turned around at half-time, now playing with the conditions, and immediately made the most of it with Sam Webster putting a cross-field kick to winger Jamie Allison, who gathered and fed Justin Mayne.
Mayne drew in the Winlaton full-back and passed the ball back to Webster, who scored in the corner for another try that was converted to make the score 21-0 and put the hosts well and truly in command.
Whitby continued to contain the Winlaton attack while struggling to spark to life in attack, but as the visiting Vulcans became more desperate to score and get back into the game, again Webster picked the ball off for another converted try to sew up his hat-trick and make the final score 28-0 to the Maroons.
Man of the match went to Dan Marsay.
Whitby Harlequins suffered a heavy 52-12 loss against Wensleydale at home in a slightly disappointing match for the club’s second-string outfit.
WHITBY RUFC FIXTURES
14/04 - Newton Aycliffe (A)
21/04 - Bishop Auckland (H)
28/04 - Sedgefield (A)
05/05 - Sunderland (A)