Driffield 25 West 19

By Dave Picken - October 26 2014
Driffield 25 West 19 We finally got our bonus point but sadly it wasn't for scoring four tries - that honour belonged to a relieved Driffield. We had enough territory and possession with the hosts were twice down to fourteen men as they fought to keep us from crossing their line.

Despite plenty of effort and some fine individual performances we never clicked as a unit and the home side were able to take the points by taking advantage of the odd mistake with some powerful running from their backs.

Worse still was a concussion for Luke Mallknson which will keep him out for three weeks and a hand injury to Owen Bennett which saw him off for an x-ray.

Driffield have gained a reputation as slow starters, and their nervousness was obvious in the opening minutes as we used the wind and the slope to exert pressure in the home 22.

Driffield flanker Josh Parker managed to get himself sent to the sin-bin after just three minutes as he battled to stop the West forwards from crashing over.

Instead of taking advantage wet huffed and puffed on the line, and when the option of spinning the ball out was taken it was lost in midfield and the pressure relieved.

It wasn’t until Parker returned that we were able to take the lead with Scott Butcher going in at the corner after the impressive Ryan Painter broke a tackle.

The 5-0 lead wasn’t to last long as Driffield scored in their first visit to the West 22. Fly half Robin Kitching wrong footing the defence with a neat grubber kick which fell perfectly for the onrushing Chris Sadler.

The score gave the home side confidence, and they scored with their very next visit when No 8 James Harrison finished off a catch and drive after a penalty was kicked to the corner.

We had spent most of the first quarter in the home half but found ourselves 12-5 down .

Without top try scorer Sam Miller in the back row we looked short of ideas of how to convert the pressure into points, and when Andrew Rollins did get over the ball was judged to have been held up.

Almost inevitably we succumbed to another sucker punch just before the break. Gary Stephenson was put through by Sadler to give the home side a 17-5 half time lead with the prospect of the slope and strong wind in their favour in the second.

They promptly put further distance on the score line with a penalty in front of the posts from Kitching.

Our reaction was to force our way back up the slope and we were unfortunate not to score when Andrew Foreman opened up the defence with one of several mazy crossfield runs.

The move ended with a penalty in front of the posts. We opted for a scrum and when Driffield were penalised a second time for a high tackle on Luke Chapman the scrum option was taken once again. For once the  pack were turned over and the danger cleared quickly followed by a sucker punch.

Peter Youll was caught in midfield when he tried to take a wildly thrown pass and Driffield quickly seized on the loose ball. They powered their way 60 metres down the West right wing with Ben Blacker finishing off the move.

To their credit our heads didn’t go down, and we forced their way back up the pitch and had numerous attempts to cross the line from short range. This time Driffield’s desperate defence resulted in a penalty try and a yellow card for Jeremy Harrison.

With twenty minutes left we were 13 points behind, and we made a valiant attempt of trying to gain a last ditch win at Kelleythorpe for the second year running.

However, we had to be content with a try five minutes from the end when Ryan Painter made space for Peter Youll. The centre forced his way over from close range to set up Zac Southern for a conversion which gave us that first bonus point of the season.

Driffield: Sam Furbank, Alisdair McClarron, Gary Stephenson, Chris Sadler, Ben Blacker, Robin Kitching, Craig Gray, Paul Dervey [capt], Guy Brumfield, Henry Waterhouse, Dave Llewellyn, Jack Binnington, Adam Brankley, Josh Parker, Jeremy Harrison.

Replacements all used: Gary Shipley, Ben Clappison, John Cullen.

Tries: Sadler, Harrison, Stephenson, Blacker, Cons: Kitching [1] Pens: Kitching [1]

Yellow cards: Sadler.

West: Luke Mallinson, Kyle Jamieson, Andrew Foreman, Peter Youll, Scott Butcher, Zac Southern, Ryan Painter, Jack Angus, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Owen Bennett , Luke Chapman, Dan Boatman [c], Jordan Baggs, , Joe Raffrty.

Reps all used: Stu Waites , Ross Wood, Gary Jackson.

Tries: Butcher, Youll, Pen Try.

Cons: Southern [2]

Referee: Steve Penfold [Yorkshire]







Driffield 25 West 19
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26/10/2014 10:01
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Re: Driffield 25 West 19
27/10/2014 11:41
Sounds like the lads put in a hard shift but we seem to be paying the price for not being able to field a settled side.
Surprised there is no mention of the Stags yet as there were some excellent performances in a big score against Consett [not sure of the final score] and quite a few West "legends" turning out again including Carr, Robinson, Boatman J and Miller.
Very encouraging.

Re: Driffield 25 West 19
hyperion (IP Logged)
29/10/2014 17:31
seems plenty of younger players are coming through nicely as well,all bodes well for the future

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