Driffield Mens 2nds finish 2015 in 2nd place with promotion still a very real possibility.

Driffield Hockey Club Mens 1sts

Driffield Ladies 3rds 6 Ben Rhydding 1

Driffield Ladies 3rds started this game in determined fashion to show Ben Rhydding that the heavy loss last week in appalling conditions was not how they usually play.

Driffield started well and a pass from Heather to Laura, who ran up the wing and made a great cross for Sarah to fire into the goal.1-0.

Driffield started to play lovely hockey using all of the pitch to their advantage. A good tackle from Polly, who passed to Wendy, who drove up the pitch and sent a ball down the centre to Debbie, who turned and struck the ball cleanly into the goal. 2-0.

They gained confidence from this and good combination play from Katie, Sarah and Anna down the left led to a great pass to Debbie, who turned and struck again. 3-0. Ben Rhydding came back into the game and managed to get a consolation goal, despite great efforts from Amy.

Driffield came back stronger and after a great challenge from Catherine S led to another chance for Deb to fire home her hat-trick goal. 4-1. Half-time came and went and Driffield continued where they had left off, playing some of the best hockey they have played this season.

Ladies hit six in thumping win Ben Rhydding had some good young forwards who thought they were going to get on the score sheet, but Amy had other ideas and made some wonderful one-on-one saves. Heather and Laura combined well again on the right and Laura made another great cross, this time for Anna to finish off. 5-1.

They were not finished there and after a great run up the left from Katie, she passed to Anna whose shot was parried to Laura who fired the ball into the top corner of the goal. Full-time came and a 6-1 well-deserved win for Driffield. Thanks to all the supporters who came to watch.

Girlie of the game went to Amy and Donkey went to Laura for having wet shoes from last week.


 

Driffield Men’s 2nds 1 Wakefield Men’s 5ths 0

After a highly successful first half to the year in which Driffield emphatically won promotion to Division 4 North, the Men’s 2nds were looking to finish the year on a high with a home tie versus Wakefield 5ths.

After a mixed bag of results, Driff started the day in 3rd place, with their visitors from West Yorkshire hot on their heels in 5th. Driff were boosted by the return of centre-back Beachell from injury and were bolstered with the inclusion of Martindale and Saltonstall, giving the side good strength in depth.

Wakefield started the match with 10 players and Driffield almost capitalised on their numerical advantage from the push back. Within 15 seconds, the home side had swept the ball to Martindale on the right, whose cross was deflected onto the inside of the post, but, luckily for the visitors, the ball rebounded back out before being cleared to safety.

This first attack really set the tone for the rest of the game, with Driff enjoying the lion’s share of possession. Wakefield seemed content to sit back and soak up the pressure, with the aim of hitting the Woldsmen on the break. However, when the ball did reach the home 16 metre area, the defence of Beachall, Knappo, Lee, Trowsdale and Saltonstall showed skill and experience, making some excellent challenges.

Driffield continued to press and had a number of excellent chances. Martindale on the right was proving a real thorn in Wakefield’s side with his driving runs to the by-line. Sowersby had a couple of good efforts on goal and McGhie also had a great strike athletically saved by the outstanding Wakefield keeper. Driff continued to play some splendid hockey, with Tom Lee and Knappo venturing up-field to help open up the defence. Even Saltonstall found himself marauding into the circle, but his shot was well saved.

The Wakefield keeper was having a stormer and when the half time whistle blew, Driff were left scratching their heads wondering how the match was still goalless. Things carried on in much the same vein in the second half as Driffield continued to press, whilst the visitors sat further and further back, relying on their goalkeeper to keep them in the game. The Woldsmen started to play with a bit more intelligence, winning a number of penalty corners. However, they found the Wakefield defence equal to all the routines they tried. With the home side visibly frustrated, there was always the danger that Wakefield would hit them on the break. However, Driff kept their composure, snuffing out anything that came their way.

Driff kept up the pressure and captain Mike Sowersby thought he had finally scored the opener, with a ferocious strike that was heading for the top right corner, only for the keeper to deny him yet again. With about 15 minutes to go, the game got a bit fractious as Wakefield opposed a couple of decisions, with one Wakefield player getting a green card for a bad challenge on Ash Kelly. The continuing pressure finally paid off for Driffield and another attack into the circle found talismanic striker Ben McGhie, whose shot rifled into the bottom left hand corner to make it 1-0.

With 10 minutes to go, any hope that Wakefield had of getting back into the match evaporated when their striker was sin-binned for foul language. With just 10 men left on the pitch, Driff could comfortably see the game out, for what turned out to be a hard fought win and a clean sheet to boot. Driffield seconds can look back on 2015 with pride. A resounding promotion season has been followed up by another solid year in a higher division.

Despite losing some key players over the summer, the Woldsmen finish the year in 2nd place with promotion still a very real possibility. Thanks, as always, go to Cherry’s Country Hardware of North Frodingham (men’s sponsor) and Original Keys of Driffield (refreshments and away match sponsor) for their continued support of Driffield Men’s Hockey Team.

Team:- GK. Chard, Lee, Knapton, Beachall, Trowsdale, Ewbank, Kelly, McGhie, Sowersby M, Bilham H, Hardeman, Saltonstall, Bilham T, Martindale.

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