Reed hails club spirit at Whitby RUFC during pandemic
Whitby RUFC’s Bruce Reed has hailed the club’s spirit during the coronavirus pandemic and has admitted that his squad were hoping to compete at the top of the league in 2020/21.
The points per game system left Whitby in eighth position in Durham and Northumberland Division Two when the season was halted in March.
It’s something that left Reed frustrated, with his side building momentum.
He said: “We were just starting to get some momentum towards the end of the season and the PPG left us a bit short, but we were scheduled to play three of the bottom sides in our last few games.
“We came down from Division One the year before, and we were just looking to stabilise and build the squad.
“We’re still a young squad, and I’m sure that we’d have been strong enough to compete but obviously, the league we are in is extremely tough.”
Reed is the club’s development secretary and has found the last months difficult but believes the club’s spirit has helped get everyone through.
“The club is really welcoming and we were able to open the bar when pubs were open, and we tried to keep the community spirit going,” he added.
“The juniors were starting to get going at the club and all the volunteers were brilliant and helped us massively.
“Over the last couple of months we have been able focus on the smaller areas at the ground, which might have been overlooked.
“Work has been done on the clubhouse and the pitch is in the best condition it has been in for a long while.”
The club’s future is in good hands as the volunteers continue to work behind the scenes to ensure that Whitby RUFC come through the pandemic in one piece.
Reed added: “We’ve got a team which is maturing on the pitch and the junior section is really well ran as well.
“Financially, the committee have been so good at looking after the money and touch wood we will come through this and will be back playing rugby soon.”