Maroons suffer heavy defeat at Castle

Jannie Jacobs is halted in his tracks during Saturday's 60-3 mauling
Jannie Jacobs is halted in his tracks during Saturday's 60-3 mauling

Whitby Maroons suffered a mauling at the hands of unbeaten Barnard Castle on Saturday, losing out 60-3 in their Durham and Northumberland Division Two clash.

Castle kicked off and were immediately on the attack, a sweeping backs move leading to them scoring out wide with just two minutes played.

The home side’s impressive pack continued to dominate and, as Whitby struggled to keep up with the pace, Castle went further ahead with two more tries, one converted.

The scrum was one area where Whitby at least enjoyed a degree of parity with Nathan Kaz hooking well to keep the Maroons in the game.

Jack Braithwaite made a promising run into the home 22 only to be halted by a high shot, and Stu Gregson stepped up to kick the penalty to open Whitby’s account.

Castle hit back immediately and added two more tries following some sweeping back moves, claiming a 31-3 half-time advantage.

The Maroons conceded two more tries early in the second period as the home side continued to dominate.

Whitby were boosted by the return of Andy Grady, back after a long term lay off andLuke Brown, Dan Marsay and Braithwaite continued to give everything in a lost cause but the flood of home scores continued.

Coach Daryl Grason said: “We were outclassed by a very good side.

“Too many first up tackles were missed on an individual basis and hard work will be needed to address the paucity of the set piece play.”

Whitby Co-operative man of the match: Luke Brown, who made some great runs in a lost cause.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Maroons entertain Whitley Bay Rockcliff, 3pm kick-off.