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1st XV - Match centre

Bradford & Bingley
Driffield
C Spencer, R Tafa
Tries
B Dinsdale, C Gray, S Furbank, C Gray, G Stephenson
T Cummins (2)
Conversions
B Dinsdale, B Dinsdale, B Dinsdale, B Dinsdale
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - Northern Division - North One East Full time

Bees 14-33 Driffield

Bees survive for another season.

In the final analysis, there can be no doubting that the better team won this entertaining North One East fixture, although the Bees were at least the equal of their high flying visitors for large parts of this game and indeed led by two tries to one for a fifteen minute period mid way through the first half. Two of the five tries that Driffield ran in were fortuitous as a loose ball could easily have ended up in a Bees player's hands, but instead dollied up for a Driffield player to romp in.

Driffield got the scoreboard moving in the early exchanges as a couple of missed tackles out wide on the left of the Bees defence turned an innocuous looking move from distance into a straight run for the line, as the Driffield backs suddenly had all the room up the right wing resulting in a score under the posts with barely two minutes gone. Ben Dinsdale claimed the score and the same player slotted the conversion.

Having lost Phil Greaves in the warm up before the game, the Bees again had there major kicking option removed from their armoury and Richard Tafa was asked to fill in at number 10. With Tafa in close to the action it is inevitable that the Bees will get some momentum going up the middle of the park and as the home side settled into their game they started to ask a few questions of the Driffield defence. On thirteen minutes the Bees got their initial reward as Corey Spencer saw a gap next to a ruck around twenty metres out and pinned his ears back to gallop for the line. The young Prop, filling in at second row was fortunate that his sprinting prowess over a short distance was equal to any wrong footed Driffield defenders as he plunged over for the five points. Tom Cummins tacked on the extras. With their next incursion into the Driffield twenty two, only two minutes later, the home side took the lead as Tafa pulled out a regular trick he has used down the years and broke through the middle of a gaggle of players to take the visiting defence by surprise and follow Spencer's example in galloping home near the posts. Cummins obliged with the conversion.

Bees V Driffield 2018
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The Bees were now forced to shuffle their resources as Tafa pulled up with a pull in his thigh and Michael Crotch also left the affray with a leg injury. Almost as soon as Tafa jogged into the treatment room on 26 minutes, Driffield were on the scoresheet again through Craig Gray, with Dinsdale's kick bringing the scores level. Despite the shuffled side, the Bees looked equal to Driffield in most areas of the game, and despite one or two apparent problems at the scrum it seemed the sides would go in at half time all square. As the watch ticked deep into time added on, Driffield had other ideas and seemed determined to batter down the Bees defensive line to claim the lead. As a final telling surge for the whitewash looked likely to bring that score, the Driffield player leading the charge dropped the ball, but it squirted kindly to another blue and white shirted player, Sam Furbank, and the sides turned round at 21-14.

All was not lost for the home side and it seemed possible that the game could still be rescued. However any hopes of a surprise result seemed dashed Craig Gray claimed try number four as a Driffield move to the left of the posts looked to have broken down as a wild pass looped out from the centres. The ball could have gone anywhere but appeared to take a kindly deflection off a Bees defenders outstretched arm and land in the arms of the on rushing attacker.

That score really seemed to take the wind out of the Bees sails, and Driffield now looked like a side who were second in the table. It only seemed to be a matter of time before another score arrived. it took until the hour mark for the fidth score to arrive, but Gary Stephenson was over the line to leave Ben Dinsdale with the final scoring action of an entertaining contest.

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Key moments

2:00
Try Ben Dinsdale scores for Driffield
3:00
Conversion Ben Dinsdale kicks a conversion for Driffield
13:00
Try Corey Spencer scores for Bradford & Bingley
14:00
Conversion Tom Cummins kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
16:00
Try Richard Tafa scores for Bradford & Bingley
17:00
Conversion Tom Cummins kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
28:00
Try Craig Gray scores for Driffield
29:00
Conversion Ben Dinsdale kicks a conversion for Driffield
40:00 +4:00
Try Sam Furbank scores for Driffield
40:00 +5:00
Conversion Ben Dinsdale kicks a conversion for Driffield
47:00
Try Craig Gray scores for Driffield
59:00
Try Gary Stephenson scores for Driffield
60:00
Conversion Ben Dinsdale kicks a conversion for Driffield

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Bees V Driffield 2018
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Bees V Driffield 2018

Highlights

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77:00 Sub Off
Benny Greaves is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
69:00 Sub On
Ryan Wilson is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
69:00 Sub Off
James Morton is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
62:00 Sub On
Adam Sutcliffe is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
62:00 Sub Off
Jack Malthouse is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
60:00 Conversion 14 - 33
Ben Dinsdale kicks a conversion for Driffield
59:00 Try 14 - 31
Gary Stephenson scores for Driffield
48:00 Missed Conversion
Ben Dinsdale misses a conversion for Driffield
47:00 Try 14 - 26
Craig Gray scores for Driffield
40:00 Sub On
Richard Tafa is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
40:00 Sub Off
Adam Sutcliffe is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
End of period 1
40:00 +5:00 Conversion 14 - 21
Ben Dinsdale kicks a conversion for Driffield
40:00 +4:00 Try 14 - 19
Sam Furbank scores for Driffield
37:00 Yellow Card
Oliver Borman is yellow carded for Driffield
33:00 Sub On
David Exley is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
33:00 Sub Off
Michael Crotch is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
29:00 Conversion 14 - 14
Ben Dinsdale kicks a conversion for Driffield
28:00 Try 14 - 12
Craig Gray scores for Driffield
25:00 Sub On
Adam Sutcliffe is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
25:00 Sub Off
Richard Tafa is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
19:00 Missed Conversion
Ben Dinsdale misses a conversion for Driffield
17:00 Conversion 14 - 7
Tom Cummins kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
16:00 Try 12 - 7
Richard Tafa scores for Bradford & Bingley
14:00 Conversion 7 - 7
Tom Cummins kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
13:00 Try 5 - 7
Corey Spencer scores for Bradford & Bingley
3:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Ben Dinsdale kicks a conversion for Driffield
2:00 Try 0 - 5
Ben Dinsdale scores for Driffield
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bradford & Bingley
  • Driffield
  • 0
  • Ben Dinsdale Try 2:00'
  • Ben Dinsdale Conversion 3:00'
  • Corey Spencer Try 13:00'
  • Tom Cummins Conversion 14:00'
  • Richard Tafa Try 16:00'
  • Tom Cummins Conversion 17:00'
  • Richard Tafa Sub Off 25:00'
  • Adam Sutcliffe Sub On 25:00'
  • Craig Gray Try 28:00'
  • Ben Dinsdale Conversion 29:00'
  • Michael Crotch Sub Off 33:00'
  • David Exley Sub On 33:00'
  • Oliver Borman Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Sam Furbank Try 40:00 +4:00'
  • Ben Dinsdale Conversion 40:00 +5:00'
  • Adam Sutcliffe Sub Off 40:00'
  • Richard Tafa Sub On 40:00'
  • Craig Gray Try 47:00'
  • Gary Stephenson Try 59:00'
  • Ben Dinsdale Conversion 60:00'
  • Jack Malthouse Sub Off 62:00'
  • Adam Sutcliffe Sub On 62:00'
  • James Morton Sub Off 69:00'
  • Ryan Wilson Sub On 69:00'
  • Benny Greaves Sub Off 77:00'
  • James Morton Sub On 77:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Malton & Norton 26 58
9. Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. 26 51
10. Bradford & Bingley 26 49
11. Percy Park 26 49
12. Dinnington 26 48
13. West Hartlepool 26 39
14. Northern 26 37

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