Acklam 76 Whitby 14
A big win for Acklam as Abo terrorises Whitby!
Acklam made a great start to life back in D and N 1 with a big win against Whitby . Star winger Josh Abraham
's powerful running terrorised the Whitby defence and he scored 5 tries, whilst debutant centre Jordan Mockler
also bagged a second half hat trick.
Preparation for the game was disrupted as it had to be switched from Whitby to Acklam at short notice as the seasiders' pitch was unfit to play on.
Acklam started the match quickly - Whitby
attempted to run from the kick off but knocked on. From the scrum Abraham took an inside pass ,making good ground, then after the ball had been recycled he reappeared on the wing to force his way over for the opening try. Acklam continued to press and ten minutes later won a Whitby scrum and the ball again went wide to Abraham who beat two men and ran round behind the posts to score. The conversion was kicked by stand off Danny Ashton to make it 12 nil.
Acklam ran the ball from the kick off and made good ground into the Whitby 22.When the visitors did eventually get possession their clearing kick was run back well by full back Brad Gater and the ball was again recycled for Abraham to get his hat trick try inside the first 20 minutes, again converted by Ashton. Whitby did manage to exert some pressure themselves with a penalty kick to touch giving them an attacking line out in Acklam's 22 . However, Acklam stole the ball and broke away downfield with good support play by Alex Faint
, who was making his first team debut at scrum half. Then, after more good work by Faint had disrupted the Whitby scrum, their clearance ended up in the hands of Abraham who sliced through the defence then put centre Marcus Sudron
in under the posts .
Whitby eventually got on the scoreboard themselves after a driving maul they moved the ball and got over the line for a try to reduce the deficit. However, Acklam came straight back - a clever dummy by Ashton enabled him to break the first line of defence and good support play enabled prop Jamie Bowtell-Potter to crash over. Then another Whitby clearance was run back by Acklam, with Gater and winger Tom Hughes
exchanging passes before feeding Abraham who proceeded to beat 4 players, crowning a superb first half performance by scoring his 4th try - half time score 38 - 7.
Whitby were able to hold out for the first 10 minutes of the second half until a good Acklam driving maul was finished off by blindside Louwen Labonete
forcing his way over. Then a few minutes later Whitby ran a free kick from within their own 22 but Acklam intercepted and centre Andy Dunn dummied his way through to score. Ashton's conversion brought the 50 points up for Acklam . Whitby had not given up and just after the hour broke away to score a second try of their own. This gave the visitors confidence - from the restart they broke through again and for the next few minutes Acklam were under a bit of pressure. However, Faint made a great break from the back of an Acklam scrum and further good support play resulted in debutant centre Jordan Mockler
going clear to score . Remarkably Mockler then scored two more tries in quick succession for a very swift hat trick. Fittingly Acklam's final try was scored by the superb Abraham. From deep in Acklam 's half Ashton chipped and regathered then number 8 Andy Dalton
gave great support to put Abraham over for his fifth try. A drop goal conversion by Ashton made it 76 - 14 to Acklam at the final whistle