1st XV lost 21 - 35 at home to Driffield. Match report thanks again to Walter Ritchie
What a contrast in both the conditions and Northern’s performance from one week to the next. Last Saturday was very cold, muddy and with a gale blowing and Northern tackled everything that moved. This week it was warm with no wind and an excellent pitch and tackling for periods of the game by Northern was non-existent. Driffield started with a bang and in no time were 14 points up with 2 tries under the posts. It looked as though the Northern players’ journey to the ground had been exhausting in contrast to the far longer journey Driffield had to undertake!!! Northern finally came to life and Matt Brown scored under the posts with a move straight from the training ground. Almost immediately Driffield replied when their lanky second row galloped 50 yards untouched to score again under the posts. Driffield’s defence and speed unsettled Northern and who did not help themselves by with uninspired kicking both in defence and attack and this allowed Driffield to go further ahead with a fine try by their backs, again under the posts. Half time 7-28.Yes a mountain to climb and when Chris Young scorched through to score by the posts a bonus point for 4 tries seemed a reasonable aim but a one handed knock-on by Driffield was not penalised. The move continued but Driffield's fly half intercepted and strode away from his 25 to outrun the covering defence and put them 7 points further ahead. Northern, to their credit, never gave up and were rewarded with a Dom Fawcett try. All of the tries were converted by Donal Collins. The game was unique in that neither side took a penalty kick at goal!
It was good to see so many past presidents (9) present and having enjoyed an excellent lunch for just £6 they, like the team, would be disappointed with the performance - however we have an extra week to heal our pride and bruises and get prepared for the trip to Pocklington a pretty market town in the Yorkshire Wolds and with the ground in the centre of the town - very unusual. Worth a visit!
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