Driffield travel to Huddersfield this Saturday for a fixture in North One East. As usual this season, this will be a tough test – YMCA are having a good start to the season. They currently sit 2nd in the league on 37 points, 1 point behind leaders Scarborough. They have played 10, W7, L3. Last weekend YMCA won 16-18 at Pocklington. YMCA are on a 4-game winning run : their last loss was on the 13th October at Bridlington, losing 28-27. YMCA have a 100% record at home this season.
We have played YMCA quite a few times since we first met in Yorkshire 1 in the 2011/12 season. Driffield currently lead the head to head 5-4, with 1 draw. Since YMCA rejoined North One East following their visit to North 1, we have seen home advantage shine, both sides winning their home games in the 2 seasons.
Driffield are looking to keep their recent form going. Last week’s win over Cleckheaton shows we are heading in the right direction, and I thought the performance was one of the best we have seen this far. Apart from a couple of sloppy tackles and a lucky bounce the Cleck would have registered far fewer points. The win closed the gap in the league, the top 10 are covered by just 10 points. I have no team information at this moment – please check back later.
In the league, as mentioned above, its still very tight. We are only 3 matches from half-way, and to have the top 10 covered by 10 points shows that. Last weekend Brid beat West Leeds 38-19, Scarborough won at Consett 31-14, Bradford continued their turn-around winning at Morley 28-19, Percy Park beat Malton 39-17, YMCA won at Pock 18-16 and York v Morpeth was a 16-all draw. This all means that Scarborough now sit on their own at head of the league. 1 point behind are YMCA. Morpeth and York sit 3rd and 4th on 35 points. 6 points split the next 6 positions, Percy Park 5th, 32, Brid 6th, 31, Bees 7th, 30, Morley 8th, 29, Driff 9th 28 & Malt 10th 27. Pock & Cleck lie 11th & 12th joint on 21. West Leeds second bottom with 13 and Consett, still searching for a win, have 4 points.
This weekend Bradford host Percy Park, Cleck host Consett, a local derby at Malton as they host Brid, Pock travel to Morpeth, Scarborough host Morley, York head to West Leeds and of course YMCA host Driffield.
KO is 2.30PM
Good Luck to All.