Saturday saw the penultimate game of the season and the visit of relegation-threatened West Leeds. With good conditions underfoot and dry weather, hopes were high that the Woldsmen could sign off their home games with a victory. With more injuries picked up last week, Driffield showed a couple of changes to their team : Soanes returned to the centre to partner Stephenson and Rob Murray came onto the wing.
Driffield started brightly and opened the scoring with a penalty from Watts. West Leeds responded soon after with a penalty of their own. Driffield 3 – 3 West Leeds
After an even first fifteen minutes, they opened the scoring with a try under the posts. After a lineout catch and drive the Driffield defence was easily parted and the conversion took the lead to Driffield 3 – 10 West Leeds
Driffield started to exert some pressure and they levelled the score after Zavatti pinched a lineout. The ball was recycled and Sowersby darted from the base of a ruck and touched down next to the posts. Watts converted to make it Driffield 10 – 10 West Leeds
Nellen had entered the fray and made an impact, carrying hard and generating momentum for the home side. Murray was starting to challenge the defence, but credit to West Leeds as their defence held firm. A kick-through bounced awkwardly and Jackson was on hand to claim possession and win a penalty, which Watts again converted. He added another penalty which left the half-time score Driffield 16 – 10 West Leeds
Driffield had the majority of the ball during the first half, but met stout resistance from the visitors and had struggled to create chances.
West Leeds kicked off to start the second half and Driffield immediately won a penalty, which Murray put into the corner. West Leeds pinched the lineout and cleared their lines, but conceded another penalty. Watts went for goal again, but pushed it wide from distance. He made no mistake shortly after, easing the Driffield advantage out to 9 points – Driffield 19 – 10 West Leeds.
Driffield started to look more threatening, with good interplay particularly amongst the forwards. A Brankley offload put Dinsdale into space, and he galloped clear, before being well tackled by the visiting full back. Driffield carried play on, before Stephenson was bundled into touch. After West Leeds cleared their lines, Driffield went back on the attack and the visiting defence finally cracked when Brankley stepped off his right foot and crossed under the posts. Watts converted to extend the lead to Driffield 26 – 10 West Leeds.
Driffield finished the game with their best try. Ryan Murray made the initial break, gliding through the defence. He was hauled down and the ball recycled. Murray got back to his feet and made the final pass inside to his brother Rob who touched down under the posts. Watts converted leaving the final score Driffield 33 – 10 West Leeds.