14/15 1st XV. Driffied 15 - 22 1st XV

After scoring 3 tries in the final 10 minutes in the defeat at Dinnington and with 11 tries scored in our next two home wins the try feast continued on Saturday at Driffield. With the elements in their favour Northern capitalised and speedy winger Dom Fawcett bagged a brace of tries in the first 5 minutes, one of which was converted by fly half Donal Collins from wide out. Although Driffield came back with a long distance penalty Northern confidently controlled the game and after James Ellis was held up over the line more Northern pressure, especially in the scrums, resulted in a penalty-try being awarded, again improved by Donal Collins who shortly afterwards surprisingly missed a penalty when he hit the upright.

In the second half with the elements now in their favour Driffield came into their own. Any possession won by Driffield invariably resulted in a long welly down the ground putting Northern under pressure. Northern suffered with three players sin-binned and it was no surprise when a kick to the corner resulted in Driffield scoring from a catch-and-drive – this was converted. Northern’s defence upped a notch and they were able to repulse any further Driffield attacks.

We now have a solid core within the team who are determined to ensure we win such games as this which previously we might have lost. After Driffield had their second row sent for an early shower Northern controlled the ball and saw out the game for a 22 – 16 win.

Our next long away trip is to Rochdale and we welcome any lady or gent to join us. On Saturday on the outward journey to Driffield the alikadoos had a wine tasting session, thanks to Trevor Morrison, with nibbles and conversations of worldly matters. On the return journey the discussions ranged from the ambitions of the club, the proposed new league structure for season 2016-17 and depreciation – we could have done with an accountant on board for this one! The usual pit-stop at Wetherby was enjoyed with liquid refreshments and fish & chips from the Wetherby Whaler.

Yes a worthwhile trip – the win of course helped – so why not come to Rochdale on November 22nd. You might even have your opinions of Rochdale (if you have any) changed. The ground is situated in a very pleasant suburb of the town – a far cry from what we normally read about Rochdale.


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