Crocs get off mark in style

Actions from the game Old Crossleyans v Team Northumberland at Broomfield'Pictured for Crocs is Kevin McGill - baldy
Actions from the game Old Crossleyans v Team Northumberland at Broomfield'Pictured for Crocs is Kevin McGill - baldy

Old Crossleyans bagged their first North One East win of the season at the sixth attempt with a comprehensive 36-7 home win over Driffield yesterday.

Everything came together following a run of games in which they had played well in patches but picked up only two bonus points.

Crocs took their chances against their East Yorkshire rivals and also demonstrated outstanding defence under pressure.

They were helped on their way by two interception tries in the opening 12 minutes.

Jack Hammond raced 60 yards for the first on nine minutes and Chris Vine atoned for missing the easy conversion by sprinting slightly further for the second try, Ben Greaves’ kick making it 12-0.

Driffield responded well, gaining territory and possession, but they fell further behind on 27 minutes when lock Kevin McGill marked his 100th first team appearance with a try.

Centre Hammond made a strong break down the right and the ball was recycled quickly, McGill being involved twice and cutting inside and reaching over the try line. The conversion was missed.

A Vine penalty on 35 minutes made it 20-0 and Driffield finished the half camped deep in home territory.

Both teams showed an attacking intent after the break and Crocs stretched their lead with Vine penalties on 55 and 60 minutes, both awarded for offside after full back Greaves had joined the back line to good effect.

Driffield kept coming back and gained some reward on 66 minutes. When Crocs were offside the visitors kicked to the corner and launched a successful driving maul from the lineout, No 8 Jeremy Harrison touching down. Robin Kitching converted to make it 26-7.

Crocs finished with a flourish, scoring two tries in the last five minutes.

The bonus-point try came from forward Luke Gardiner, who maintained his fine scoring record since his arrival at the club this season from a move again involving Greaves.

From the game’s final play, Hammond, Greaves and Gareth Sweeney combined well and Hammond came round on the loop to touch down, Vine’s conversion hitting an upright.