Whitby stay resolute to see off Ampleforth

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WHITBY Community College had to make some late changes to the team for their trip to Ampleforth.

Ben Sullivan replaced Sam Webster at stand-off and completed a good afternoon of work.

Joe Hinchcliff came into the back row and Matt Towey played on the wing.

In a very evenly matched game, both teams went hell for leather from start to finish.

Much of the first half saw both teams gaining and losing territory in a ferocious stalemate.

Eventually, Ampleforth got the first try after a good move in their backs put their left winger in at the corner.

The referee quite rightly gave the try even though their winger clipped the corner flag after placing the ball. The referee had an excellent game and his clear talking and decision making kept the game flowing.

Towards the end of the half, Ampleforth infringed in their own 22 and Sullivan got his first opportunity to show his kicking boots to reduce the score to 5-3 to Ampleforth.

Soon after the start of the second half, Sullivan got his second opportunity and again he hit the ball cleanly to put Whitby 6-5 ahead.

Cannon then got a good opportunist try after a rare mistake from Ampleforth’s full-back. This time Sullivan had to split the posts from the touch line, he kept a cool head and put Whitby 13-5 ahead.

A frantic last 15 minutes saw Ampleforth’s well-organised team attack from all areas but Whitby defence stayed resolute until the last minute when Ampleforth eventually got a well- deserved second try.

School sports co-ordinator Pete Woolley said: “I was delighted with Whitby’s performance, particularly the lads who rarely play rugby.

“Connor Clennan captained the team extremely well – his clear decision making and positive comments kept the team in the game.

“Ryan Vasey did extremely well at prop and James Newton ably led the forwards.”

Men of the match – newcomer Paul Wilson, who tackled extremely well and Bruce Reed, who was chosen by the referee for his fine all-round performance.

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