The Woldsmen headed to local rivals Scarborough on Saturday for a tough encounter at Silver Royd. On a four-match winning streak and unbeaten at home all season, Driffield knew this would be a stern test.
The hosts, who were joint top of the North One East table, hit the front early and led 12-3 after Driffield could only muster a solitary penalty despite playing with a strong wind at their backs.
However, Scarborough lost their influential second-row Tom Hicks to the sin bin and the away side took the advantage, scoring three consecutive tries in a 10-minute blitz to lead 12-24 at half-time.
Scarborough then took advantage of the windy conditions to retake the lead 26-24 as the Woldsmen also had two men yellow-carded, and held a two-point lead with 15 minutes to play. Driffield then edged ahead with a penalty kick to lead by a point.
Superior fitness then seemed to be the difference at the end of the game, with the visitors running in three late tries to pick up a bonus point of their own, running out comfortable 26-42 winners to move up to ninth in the rankings.
Try scorers were : Mewburn G *2, Sowersby J, Robinson, Gray, Jackson. Watts kicked 3 conversions and 2 penalties.