Driffield Preview

By Dave Picken - December 16 2016
Driffield Preview We travel to Driffield for the last league game of the season looking to end 2016 still on top of North One East. However, it won't be easy against a side who almost ruined our unbeaten home record earlier in the season ..

We sneaked that one 33-32 despite looking vulnerable in the closing minutes as Driff forced a few penalties close to our line. There was a big sigh of relief from home supporters when Danny Boatman was penalised for pulling down in a line-out only for the decision  to be reversed as the visiting skipper dropped his knee into Danny's back.

Driff were a very decent outfit on the day, but have endured a difficult run against the top sides - losing their last four games to Alnwick, Penrith,  City and Pocklington 38-0 last week.  As a result they find themselves just above the relegation zone.

Once again wel travel with a much changed side. Anticipated Christmas Party hangovers come into the equation - alongside injuries and work commitments.

Hooker Andrew Rollins misses his first game of the season, while Adam Coates has been unable to train. Back rows Aaron Myers, Alex Barker and Lee Maddison are all away with second row Joe Rafferty one of those enjoying his company's Christmas party.

In the backs top try scorer Liam Checksfield is at a Scottish Exiles Under 18’s training camp and Will Hilditch is spending Christmas on the beach in Australia.

Fortunately, prop Michael Hogan (pictured) is fit again after a six week lay-off;  Eldon Myers returns to take Checksfield’s place in the centre and Luke Mallinson is back to take over on one wing with Rob Thorn on the other.

Jake Linghan did a great job as a late stand-in for John Bunter last week,  and he keeps his place with Bunter also returning to replace  Joe Rafferty.

Greg Edwards provides the backs cover with the up and coming Jordan Foulds and Adam Brown providing forwards cover.

West: Zac Southern, Luke Mallinson,  Eldon Myers, Peter Youll, Rob Thorn, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Tim Blades, Ross Wood, Michael Hogan,  John Bunter, Jake Linighan, Carl Miller, Dan Boatman (capt), Sam Miller.

 

Changes: Greg Edwards, Jordan Foulds, Adam Brown.

 

 
Driffield Preview
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16/12/2016 10:01
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Re: Driffield Preview
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
17/12/2016 04:20
Not a bad side considering the number of cry offs (it is becoming standard practice and rather worrying) doing nothing for continuity, thankful for our Stags backup. Good luck to the lads today and remembering our home game against them we will need an excellent performance to end this part of the season. C'mon WEST!!

 
Re: Driffield Preview
LesterP (IP Logged)
17/12/2016 10:55
Good luck today chaps - Stand Fast - No backward steps !

Great to see Jake, Jordan & A Broon in today's squad - proud of you all - don't forget what we used to talk about as forwards lads - " Ball plus a yard or two" in the contact zone.

Enjoy.

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