League leaders make it difficult for Seghill

Seghill RFC's Andy Moffat takes on the Whitby defence in Saturday's game.
Seghill RFC's Andy Moffat takes on the Whitby defence in Saturday's game.

IT was always going to be a tough task for Seghill RFC when league leaders Whitby came to Welfare Park, yet despite numerous changes to the side, it was the home XV who made the opening advance.

Only strong Whitby defence cut short Nick Heard’s run down the wing. but that only spurred the visitors into action, when Shane Young produced a darting run that cut through the Seghill defence for the opening try, converted by Ollie Roberts.

Seghill tried to hit back and only strong defence by Whitby on their own line prevented the Seghill pack driving over, Craig Wood and Andy Moffat both being stopped just short.

Whitby increased their lead after 22 minutes with a try from Anthony Craig after the visitors turned over the ball in the ruck. Then Nick Beaumont’s try gave the visitors a 17-0 lead.

When another run down the wing by Heard was stopped by a high tackle, Seghill were unable to take advantage of the penalty and Whitby maintained their lead at the break.

Seghill’s heads beagan to drop early in the second half, with no respite from the Whitby attack.

Craig got his second try of the game, followed almost immediately by a converted try from Guy Taylor.

When James Slater lay injured after making a tackle, Whitby made the man advantage count and Beaumont scored his second try.

Ollie Roberts converted an Ed Richardson try before Taylor got his second as Whitby began to run riot.

Roberts got Whitby’s ninth try before Seghill hit back.

Liam Lonsdale charged down an attempted kick up field by Roberts, and both Lonsdale and Paul Latham raced after the ball with Latham winning the race to record a consolation try for the home side.

Richard Truman ran in Whitby’s tenth try with the final play of the game as the visitors passed the 50-point mark for the second week in a row.