1st XV lost 5 - 43 at home to Driffield. Match report thanks to Walter Ritchie:
As Driffield were unable to agree to our request for a 2pm kick-off, with 6 first team attending the Scotland v South Africa game at St James’ Park and 8 first team injured or unavailable due to work, we had to blood 7 players to first team rugby.
To their enormous credit, they all performed very well. Yes the score line suggests that we were over-run but this was not the case. Injuries did not help out cause with Tom McGurk (concussion), Paddy Fisher (dislocated thumb), Zac Evans (sprained ankle) and Nathan Williams (knee) all having to be withdrawn. Also with 3 different players at scrum half including wing Lester Bell (who performed magnificently despite finding out after a hospital visit on Sunday that he had been playing with damaged shoulder ligaments) we still showed great spirit throughout the game and spent long periods in the Driffield half even though we played with 14 men for most of the second half and 13 men for the last 15 minutes!
The gremlin in the Northern camp raised its ugly head and several promising moves failed 5 yards from the try line. Captain Edd Cawthorn (who scored Northern’s try) with untiring and inspiring leadership ably assisted by fellow back rower Ben Smallwood ensured we held our heads high. Somehow the England loss in the evening put our defeat into perspective.
The World cup has and continues to be spectacular but the down side where matches are played locally is very evident.The RFU asked clubs to be sympathetic to clubs who requested that kick-off times could be changed and again this week our request for an earlier start time has been refused by our opponents Doncaster Phoenix.
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