Whitehall Warriors 36
Victoria Rangers 18
Pennine Division Four
AFTER last week’s dismal performance Whitehall lifted their game against lowly opposition.
Acting half back, Dom Guiry prompted his forwards on a continuous barrage of the Rangers line and John Handscomb took an inside pass from David Spivey to squirm over.
Rangers came storming back and Matthew Withers pushed off several would-be tacklers to go in under the sticks. Jason Dalladay converted for a 6-4 lead.
Player coach Richard Casanove used his strength to offload, despite the attentions of five Victoria defenders, and Spivey gratefully took the try.
Whitehall then took their foot off the gas and centre Johnny Fawthrope pulled his team level.
Whitehall upped their game and new signing Dale Trueman-Smith used his bulk to make good yards along withDan Golding-Smith.
Paul Stead hoisted a pinpoint kick to the corner and Jamie Holroyd outjumped everyone to catch and ball.
Jamie Holroyd joined in the action, knocking defenders sideways as he stretched over the line, his kick giving Whitehall a 20-10 lead.
On the stroke of half time, Rangers booted the ball to the corner and Ryan McCloud won the race.
Warriors came out of the blocks with Leon Wood’s chase and tackle keeping Rangers trapped in their 20. Josh McLean’s text book tackling was key and when the ball was turned over, captain Alex Scargill sent Casanove through a massive gap. Holroyd converted.
Victoria weren’t finished and Dom Christie ghosted over the line. Whitehall knuckled down to some serious rugby with Leon Wood, Paul Johnson and John Handscomb putting in massive defensive stints.
Spivey broke the line again and found wingman John Sagar on the burst. Holroyd brilliantly converted from the touchline and then rounded off the match with his hat trick of tries.