WHITBY Harlequins went into this cup semi-final with high hopes.
With a strengthened pack from the previous week, old heads Harrison, Hall and Dusty Hare came in but it was clear from the start the Quins were up aginst a formidable opposition against a Wharfdale team that had not lost all season and had four ex-Yorkshire players.
Quins were pinned in their own half for most of the first half and the well-drilled visitors were soon on the scoresheet with some strong running. They kept up the pressure all half with some great kicks and forward drives, scoring twice more before the break.
The second half was a bit better for Whitby who kept trying to make a game of it but it was not their day and Wharfedale put them to the sword with two well-struck penalties and two good tries to run out easy winners.
Man of the match: Gordon Bland.
Whitby Harlequins 0 Wharfedale 31
Quins started this game well when the backs broke free and charged upfield for Tom Steyert to score.
but the big Darlington pack took hold of the game and drove over for two unconverted tries before half-time to go in with the lead.
Whitby forwards continued to struggle in the second half and when captain Matt Coomber had to go off with a recurring knee injury, a win for Whitby looked doubtful when the Darlington no 8 scored a third try.
However, the Quins started to move the ball wide and the backs were unleashed with Guy Taylor scoring twice followed by Richie Berry, which gave Whitby a slender lead.
Although Darlington tried to come back some great defensive play from the ‘Quins kept them at bay but with 10 minuets to go, Whitby had Bruce Reed sin-binned for stamping.
But Whitby upped their game and with Pete Stentiford now on the field putting in some great kicks, the game was sealed when John Bunion went over and the try was converted by Stentiford.
A great display by the young back line who are improving every game.
Darlington 18 Whitby Harlequins 27