Delight was the overwhelming feeling for Driffield 1st XV after Saturday’s 22-20 victory at local rivals Pocklington according to Director of Rugby, Patrick “Bash” Burdass.
Driffield came from behind to claim victory and complete a double over Pocklington, securing their first win for five games.
Bash spoke of the satisfaction of the win and the good feeling it will bring to the club going into the Christmas break.
“I’m delighted to get the win to tell you the truth and it is important to get that win to go into the winter break,” said Bash.
“We picked a side to do a job on the day and they delivered what we asked them to do which was very satisfying.
“It makes it little bit more special as it was away and we scrapped it out which we knew we would have to.
“We’ve beaten them twice now and go into break in a positive frame of mind. It lifts our spirits enormously and I’m delighted for everyone.
“There was a big crowd there and it was a really good advert for local rugby as it was a game played by two fully-committed sides.”
Driffield led 15-7 at the break, at one point holding a 15-0 lead, before Pocklington rallied to lead 20-15 going into the final quarter.
A second try of the game from Adam Brankley, converted by Will Brigham, then gave the Woldsmen a two-point advantage, which they valiantly held onto for the final 15 minutes.
Bash was delighted with the way his side pulled together and defended to hold onto the four points.
“The first 20 minutes we really took the game to them and were certainly the better side in the first half,” he said.
“They were then 20-15 up at one stage but when we scored to go in front with around 15 minutes to go it was a tough final period.
“We defended very well for the last 15 minutes and our tackling was brilliant. We were getting two in the tackle every time.
“I’m so pleased for the players as it’s what we trained for. I can’t overstate how important the win was and it was a real 18-man performance.
“It’s nice that we’ve managed to do the double over them this season now and other results went our way at the weekend, too.”
The only other side in action for Driffield on Saturday were the 2nd XV, who suffered a 13-24 defeat at home to Hull Ionians 2nd XV.
Bash added: “I think the second team threw it away a bit and it’s two weeks in a row now where most of the oppositions tries came from our mistakes.
“I can never criticise the effort and commitment of the team but on Saturday we got back to 17-13 with the wind so it was a great opportunity to win. It’s very frustrating as they beat us comfortably three times last year so it would have been nice to beat them this season.”
The Bank Holiday of Monday 28th December sees the annual Steve Knowles Memorial match. Bash said: “It’s a nice way to remember a well-liked former member of the club and we get the bar open and all have a good time.
“I think this year we’ll be having a team made up of over 25s against under 25s so it should be a good game before our we take on Bridlington on January 2nd.”