Another tough game for our 1st XV, as they headed to Castle Park to face Doncaster Phoenix. With Phoenix just 2 places behind in the league, this was a game that had to be won to maintain the pressure on the top teams.
In the first meeting this season, the Woldsmen won 27-15. It was a tight game, with Driffield scoring twice in the last 10 minutes to take the lead and despite a very late score to Phoenix, Driffield took the win.
Driffield were the first to score, with two penalties by Watts in the first 30 minutes. Doncaster Phoenix 0 – 6 Driffield
On the half-hour they stretched the lead with a try by Sowersby, converted by Watts. Doncaster Phoenix 0 – 13 Driffield
That was the score at half time, but Phoenix got on the board ten minutes into the second half with a converted try. Doncaster Phoenix 7 – 13 Driffield
Five minutes later, Driffield extended the lead further with a Dinsdale try, unconverted. Doncaster Phoenix 7 – 18 Driffield
And six minutes got another one through Brankley, converted by Watts. Doncaster Phoenix 7 – 25 Driffield
Still reeling from the score, Phoenix let Dinsdale in for his second just two minutes later, converted by Watts. Doncaster Phoenix 7 – 32 Driffield
And Pettinger knocked the final nail into the coffin with a try with five minutes to go. Final score Doncaster Phoenix 7 – 37 Driffield
All in all, an excellent five-point win away from home.