WHITBY Harlequins took on league leaders Acklam still smarting from their big defeat to Seaton Carew in their previous game.
Manager Andy Taylor had a large squad of 22 players to choose from including veterans Pete Stentiford and Dusty Hare.
Whitby started well and winger Andy McGreavey had several good runs down the wing before he had to retire after a crunching tackle.
Whitby were first on the scoresheet when Pete Stentiford chased his own kick from the Whitby 22 the length of the field and outsprinted the younger Acklam full-back to score under the posts.
Whitby’s other veteran Dusty Hare then decided it was time he stretched his legs and off he went on a barnstorming run resulting in him pulling two defenders over the line with him to touch down for a great try.
Just before half-time Shane Young increased Whitby’s lead with a further two great tries before Acklam managed to get over the Whitby line before half-time.
Shortly after the second half started the game was held up hen an Acklam player awaited the arrival of an ambulance for a suspected broken ankle. When play resumed, Acklam came out fighting and scored another good converted try.
Gordon Bland had a great game at scrum half then scored a converted try for the Quins when wing forward Marcus Coates passed to Mick Latus who side-stepped two players and passed for Bland to slip over.
The last try was created by Darrin Wright who stormed down the field on a 40 yard run being stopped just short of the line for Jack Grady to pick up and drive over to seal a great victory.
Taylor said he was proud of his team of experience and youth and thought they were gelling well. He had special praise for the whole back row and man of the match Shane Young.
Whitby Harlequins 36 Acklam 12