Whitby Maroons battle back for win against Gateshead

Whitby RFC returned to winning ways with a thrilling 32-26 comeback win at home to Gateshead in Durham Northumberland Two on Saturday, writes Bruce Reed.

Wednesday, 17th November 2021, 4:54 pm
Alfie Jacobs, Maroons number six, shone in the fightback win at home to Gateshead

The Maroons, who were looking to bounce back from a tough couple of league matches, were boosted by new signing George Speakman coming into make his league debut at scrum-half.

Whitby started the match playing against both the slope and the wind, with the match starting at a frenetic pace with neither side able to assert themselves before a succession of Whitby penalties put Gateshead in a position to score a neat try to put the visitors 7-0 up.

The home side reacted almost immediately with Alf Jacobs scoring from distance to make the score 7-5.

Gateshead countered with another well worked try to make the score 12-5 at half-time in a breathless match.

A galvanised Whitby turned around at half-time and managed to put Gateshead under pressure at set piece but the dangerous Gateshead full-back scored on the breakaway to make the score 19-5.

Whitby hit back immediately with Stu Gregson coolly slotting a penalty to make the score 19-8.

The game swung back in Gateshead’s favour with another try coming from a defensive mistake to push the score to 26-8 and the points looked to be heading back to the North East.

The Maroons showed spirit to bring the score back when the impressive Jacobs finished off a well-worked backs move to make the score 26-13.

Whitby continued in the ascendancy when captain Gordon Bland snuck over to score under the post and make the score 26-20.

The home side’s strong finish continued when George Reeves recovered a pinpoint kick to push Whitby into the lead 27-26.

Whitby made the match safe when some great line-out defence turned the ball over allowing Reeves to make the score 32-26 at full-time in a pulsating Durham Northumberland Two match.

In a great finish Whitby were happy to come out the victors and will hope this will be a turning point in the league season and will continue on winning ways this weekend at fellow mid-table side North Shields.

The man of the match was Jacobs (pictured right) and the match sponsor was Parkol.