Driff Preview

By Dave Picken - February 16 2018
Driff Preview February is proving to be quite a tricky month and it's not getting any easier with the visit of second top  Driffield followed  by a trip to promotion hungry Penrith next week ..

After defeats to top six clubs Bridlington and West Leeds we are still just out of the relegation places despite a poor haul of bonus points.

A makeshift side almost got a try bonus point against West Leeds and every point is going to be vital in the run in.

We go into this week's game bolstered by the return of prop Alex Key, while Joe Rafferty is fit again to take concussion victim John Bunter's place in the second row. Shipper Ryan Painter is also back after his one match ban for running up two yellow cards at Bridlington.

Peter Youll managed to avoid injury on the piste last week, and resumes at inside centre with Will Hilditch outside him as Liam Checksfield is away on Scottish Exiles Under 19 duty. Matt Tyers continues on one wing with Rob Thorn returning to his favourite berth out wide.

The back row scored all three tries last week and Messrs Barker, Butcher and Turner will get a chance to do it again.

They'll face a Driffield side which surged up the league after beating a tackle shy West at Kelleythorpe back in October  - the 58-24 defeat our biggest of the season.

However, Driff have slipped up on their last two away league trips - losing narrowly at Penrith last week and by a bigger margin at strugglers Dinnington on the previous outing.

West: Zac Southern, Rob Thorn, Will Hilditch,  Peter Youll, Matt Tyers, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter (capt), Adam Coates, Andrew Rollins, Alex Key, Jake Linighan,  Joe Rafferty, Alex Barker, Scott Butcher,  Andrew Turner.

Changes: Adam Brown, Johnny Hunter, Joe Willis.


Driffield: Alex Piercy, Ben Dinsdale, Gary Stephenson, Kyle Dench, Joe Robinson, Ben Dearing, Craig Gray, Mark Blenkinsop, Guy Brumfield, Alex Zavatti, Jaker Doiuglas, Oli Cooper, Rob Mewburn (capt), Harrison Dodds, Will Burns.

Changes from: Alex Cullen, George Mewburn, Ryan Murray, James Watt.


Driff Preview
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16/02/2018 09:50
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16/02/2018 18:38
Cmon lads. Onwards and upwards. GO WEST!

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