Maroons suffer heavy defeat at Redcar

Whitbys pack prepare to lock horns in the scrum. Picture: Jenny Brown-Wood
Whitbys pack prepare to lock horns in the scrum. Picture: Jenny Brown-Wood

Second-place Whitby travelled to league leaders Redcar for what proved to be a very difficult afternoon for the Maroons.

Captain Gordon Bland was absent along with front rower Nathan Kaz and the game started with both teams testing each other out and attempting to gain the advantage.

The young Whitby pack were excelling in the scrum with the returning Shane Young and the ever-reliable Bruce Reed pushing the scrum in the right direction.

However, it was from a Whitby scrum defending on their own five-metre line, that after quick turnover by the hosts, witnessed them going over in the corner.

More pressure was soon to follow with two more tries going over in quick concession to make already a hard afternoon, much tougher.

Whitby were struggling to find either much territory or possession, with out of character mistakes costing the team any chances.

Just before the half-time whistle, a break from the impressive Redcar winger led to full-back Stu Gregson trying to rescue another try.

But with no attempt to tackle with the arms, this gave the referee no choice in awarding both a yellow card and a penalty try.

This made the score at the halfway point 22-0 to Redcar.

The second half served up more of the same with Whitby surrendering possession and putting themselves under pressure with more poor decisions.

The effort was on show and credit was given to the visitors who at no point ever gave in.

Redcar continued to push throughout the second half and maintained possession well and were impressive at the breakdown.

With another four tries going over in the second period the full-time score was 46-0 to the hosts.

It was a very disappointing day on the road for Whitby, who need to put this performance behind them and revert to what they do best in a bid to re-discover their form.

Coach Matt Webster said: “Until we stick to the plans that have been put in place, against the better and more experienced teams in the league, we will always make it harder on ourselves.

“We now need to train hard and focus on another tough test next Saturday, when Darlington visit the Showfield.”

Man of the Match was Aaron Jones, who worked hard all afternoon in testing circumstances.