A wet and heavy pitch at the Showfield witnessed the Whitby second string having to dig in deep against a much more mature Seaton Carew team on a bitterly cold afternoon.
An important toss of the coin was won by Quins captain Matt Jones and this meant his side would have the slope and wind advantage in the second half; this would be proven to be a crucial decision. The visitors were the first to register themselves on the scoresheet after an unsurprising catch and drive in the corner when using their weight advantage to full effect.
The Whitby scrum was working well with veterans Harrison, Coomber and Jones having a stabilising effect with young hooker Ed Welford winning plenty of ball.
The backs were also growing into the game with Pete Stentiford orchestrating some fine play. An injury to Matt Coomber saw the introduction of debutant Andrew Marshall into the second row who impressed with his aggressive forward thinking play. Whitby drew level on the stroke of half-time with Nathan Kaz breaking through the Carew defence to score a fine try.
The second half started with Whitby pressing forward using the wind and slope to take full advantage. Richard Eglon in the second row was showing that adult rugby was no problem and young winger Ringo Wilson was working tirelessly.
Whitby dominated the whole half with Seaton Carew hardly venturing into any attacking position on the field.
With full back Stentiford impressing with his fleet feet it wasn’t long until Whitby secured victory with Mitchell Cannon and newcomer Stuart Strettle scoring a brace. Manager Rob Reed said: “The team dug deep in the first half and stuck together with great commitment to play running rugby in atrocious conditions.
“I couldn’t be prouder of my lads.”
Man the match: Pete Stentiford; match sponsor: Heineken
Whitby Harlequins 25 Seaton Carew 5