Driffield 14 West 13

By Dave Picken - December 18 2016
Driffield 14 West 13 Games between West and Driffield have a habit of ending in high drama and this was no different. It was, however, a game we should have won given the possession and territory we enjoyed .....

We will go into 2017 still on top of North One East but only by the most slender of margins.  Pocklington's bonus point win at Guisborough means they draw level on points - so we are now only on top by virtue of the fact we have lost less games. 
With eight regular players unavailable for various reasons we finished the game with three 17 year olds in the pack - that wasn't a factor in the dramatic defeat.

That came with just one minute left on the clock. We had increased the lead to 13-7 just minutes earlier when Carl Miller finished off a forwards drive with the conversion attempt agonizingly bouncing back off a post. 
From the restart referee Dave Downham penalised West 40 meters out, but that quickly became 30 meters for backchat – not for the first time in the game. 
The ball was pumped into the corner, and with Driffiield committing backs into the maul  hooker Paul Brumfield managed to touch down with Will Brigham slotting the conversion to give his side the one point lead. 
We attacked strongly up the left from the restart. Rob Thorn caused panic in the home ranks resulting in one of the defenders throwing the ball into touch. 
Referee Downham awarded the penalty five meters from the left touchmline,  and in front of a baying crowd on the balcony of the Driffield clubhouse. 
Gavin Painter had struggled with his goalkicking,  but bravely opted for an attempt on goal instead of looking for a line-out in the corner. 
With the catcalls from the clubhouse showing no signs of being silenced (they appeared to be sponsor's guests not regular rugby supporters)  his effort had the distance. However, it drifted across the face of the posts to give the home side a win that hadn't looked likely for 78 minutes of the game. 
We had started brightly with Sam Miller taking a Driffield line-out close to their line, but his powerful burst  ended when he was bundled into touch at the flag. 
Gavin Painter then had the chance to get some early points on the board with a penalty kick just to the right of the posts but his effort was wide. 
We  kept up the pressure with Driffield defending desperately at times and giving away a number of penalties. 
However they scored a simple try with only their second foray into West territory. 
It came on 20 minutes when the ball was passed through the backs and with the West defence flatfooted winger Joe Robinson passed back inside for centre Gary Stephenson to gallop home under the posts. 
We continued to have the lion's share of the play, only for a combination  of stout defence and mistakes meaning we had to be content with j penalty from Painter just before the break.  
Driffield had lost scrum half Craig Gray to the sin-bin with Mr Downham losing patience in the number of penalties being conceded. 
Playing up the slope we continued to dominate territory in the second half and eventually the pressure paid.  
Eldon Myers was the scorer after the pack forced the defence back on the left with quick ball along the backs creating the space out wide for the West centre. 
Zac Southern had replaced Painter at fly half and his kick was just wide but his side were finally in front. 
With just a few minutes on the clock it looked like Carl Miller's try would be enough to win the game, but the six point margin was to prove to be not enough. 

Driffield:  Sam Furbank, Joe Robinson, Gary Stephenson, Sam Moore, Lester Bell, Will Brigham, Craig Gray, Felix Nellon, Guy Brumfield, Paul Dervey (capt), Olly Cooper, Harrison Dodds, George Mewburn, Rob Mewburn, Will Burns. 
Reps (all used): Fran Pavchenko, Marlk Blenkinsop, Olly Borman. 
Tries: Stephenson, Brumfield. 
Conversion: Brigham (2) 
Yellow: Gray 

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. 
 Reps (all Used) Greg Edwards, Jordan Foulds, Adam Brown. 
Tries: Myers, C Miller. 
Pens: G Painter (1) 
Referee: Dave Downham (Yorkshire

Driffield 14 West 13
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
18/12/2016 11:19
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Re: Driffield 14 West 13
milkybar kid (IP Logged)
18/12/2016 16:58
How about a £10 Charity contribution by any player that gets us 10 yarded ??????????

Re: Driffield 14 West 13
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
19/12/2016 06:49
As I thought from Saturday game updates it seems as if we should have had at least the 4 points. But at least we have the bonus point and still on top. Bad luck to the lads and hope we can convert pressure into points for the remaining part of the season.
We seem to have got out of converting possession and territory into points!! Back chat charity fine seems a fair idea to cut that out of our game. However instructions to refs on how to control the game appears, even in premier level games to have become completely out of hand with referees, touch judges and tv. replays becoming the ruling factor and even then with differing interpretations. World rugby needs to get this under control otherwise it will ruin our wonderful game.
Wishing all involved with the club a very merry Christmas and a successful winning and happy new year!!!

Re: Driffield 14 West 13
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
19/12/2016 15:44
Doing something about giving 10 yards is a good idea ... how about dropping the culprits?

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