WHITBY Academy grabbed a great result on Saturday by beating last year’s third team league-winning side.
The academy side took a while to settle into the game and were caught out when the visitors scored two quick tries from breaks from their skilfull stand off, waltzing through the defence. One try was converted to give Rovers a 12-0 lead.
Whitby slowly started to improve and tightened up their defence. Nick Beaumont got the home team on the scoresheet with a great try, breaking from his own half to outpace the defence.
Aaron Jones then scored two tries to give the ‘Quins in a slender lead at half-time.
Coach Matt Webster brought on Tom Scarborough and Richie Berry for the second half.
‘Quins defence was now working well and despite the larger Hartlepool side having most of the play, they were met with a wall of steel every time they tried to score with great tackling from centres Aaron Jones and Anthony Craig.
However, against the run of play, after a great break by Ryan Vasey, Richie Berry was unlucky not to score, being held just six inches from the tryline.
However, the large home crowd were shorly after rewarded by one of the best old-timer tries of recent seasons. Teenager Bruce Reed fed 59-year-old Allan Knaggs, who put a kick downfield that was chased after and picked up by Dave Pearson (57) who then passed to Mick Latus (46) who beat two players before feeding spring chicken stand-off Tim Richardson (43) to score a great try, converted by Scarborough. The try was the talk of the bar after the match.
This was a great result for the Harlequins/Academy and with the mixture of youth and wisdom gelling well and coach Matt Webster pushing the side on, bringing the young lads into the senior games will benefit the club as a whole as they push for places in the first team.
Man of the match: Mick Latus.
The next home game for the Quins/Acadamy side is Saturday (19 Nov) at home to Barnard Castle 2nds.
Whitby Academy 26 Hartlepool Rovers 3rds 12