Driffield welcome neighbours Pocklington to Kelleythorpe this afternoon looking for East Riding bragging rights.

Pock won our last meeting, back in October, 27 – 25. It was Pocklington’s 1st win of the season and our first loss – Driffield will be looking to reverse that this afternoon. The last time we met at Kelleythorpe Driffield won 33-10.  We have met 13 times in league action since 2011and Pock lead 7 – 6.

Pocklington played York in their last league game and lost 52-17.  That was 3 weeks ago, as they postponed their last league game following the loss of Billy Hardy, something which I’m sure will be mentioned today.

Before the York game they had been on a 6-match winning run, with a win at Scarborough and good results at home against Cleck and Percy Park. They are still in the relegation fight, 10th place at the moment with 38 points. Durham City are in the last relegation spot on 33.

We find ourselves looking for a win following our losses at Morley 11 – 7 and Kendal 18 – 12.  Add the draw at home against Durham, and we need a win.  We don’t like losing, however I think the narrow margins of the last two losses show we are nearly there. The Kendal game was played in a storm, in which Kendal manged the game better.  Morley have only lost once at home – to league leaders York.

Robson returns starting at prop, and Jack Sowersby replaces the unavailable Brankley. Watts returns to 9, with Blacker in at 15 and Ben Johnson starts in the centres.  A host of experience on the bench, with Dench, Furbank and Borman waiting to make their mark.  This will be Oliver Borman’s 501st Appearance for Driffield – some achievement that.  Well Done Ol.

The pre-match lunch has been sold out for months (as have most), and we will be expecting a large crowd on the sunny day in Febuary.

Driffield 1st XV v Pocklington 1st XV

1 Robson, 2 – Brumfield, 3 – Maling

4 – Dinsdale, 5 – Cullen

6 – Jenkinson, 7 – Turner , 8 – Sowersby

9 – Watts, 10 – Longville

12 – Johnson, 13 – Dinsdale, B

11 – Robinson, 14 – Kelly, 15 – Blacker

16 – Dench, 17 – Furbank, 18 – Borman

Good Luck to All