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Whitby Maroons open up the Wallsend defence
Whitby Maroons open up the Wallsend defence
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Whitby Maroons were handed a win on Saturday when under-strength Wallsend turned up without the numbers to feel a competitive front row.

A young Whitby side tore into Wallsend and the impressive number 8 Nick Beaumont helped himself to two tries

The visitors had a mixed side but hit back through tries from their impressive 8 and 13 to level the match at 14 all.

Whitby’s forwards, with old war horse Matt Russell and the energetic Anth Craig to the fore, took control and provided good ball for the backs.

And with wily skipper Steve Allen pulling the strings, centre Sam Webster scored two tries and winger Scott Armstrong one to make the half-time score 31-14.

The second stanza saw Whitby bring on veteran prop Jock Harrison, who received much applause from the large home crowd and the exuberant Pete Stentiford.

With Joe Russell and Neil Waterfield dominant in the line-outs, the glut of possession led to Webster, Craig, Ed Richardson, Dave Mahaffy, Ollie Roberts and finally Stentiford scoring touchdowns.

The latter converted his own try from the touchline to the jeers of the now jovial home crowd.

Despite the limitations of the visiting side, the Maroons did try to play an adventurous attacking offloading game that sometimes worked and other times didn’t as too many forwards got in the 9/10 channel.

Overall though, it was good entertainment for the large home crowd with stand out Mahaffy and Beaumont in the pack and John Hatton and captain Steve Allen in the backs.

Whitby Gazette man of the match: Bruce Reed – no mistakes and good to see the unsung prop with ball in hand.

Match sponsor: The Board Inn.

* Tomorrow’s game against Sunderland now becomes a huge one with Whitby knowing potentially if they can grab five points, there is still an outside chance of survival.

Whitby have to win tomorrow’s game first which will be a mountainous task, given the fact Sunderland have only lost four times this season.

They boast a huge pack and secured promotion last week by defeating Whitley Bay Rockcliff. The game kicks off at 3pm.

Whitby Maroons 67 Wallsend 14