Crocs remain in trouble after Driffield defeat

Chris Vine
Chris Vine

Driffield 10 Old Crossleyans 5

A bonus point was scant reward for struggling Old Crossleyans as they slipped to a narrow North One East defeat at fellow strugglers Driffield.

Results elsewhere mean that Crocs remain second from bottom with some tough fixtures ahead of them.

Conditions were far from ideal as both teams slugged it out in the face of a constant gale, intermittent rain and freezing temperatures.

Crocs opened brightly with Luke Gardiner making a break to the home 22 but Jack Hammond was unable to hold onto the pass.

The visitors made the breakthrough just five minutes in after Driffield had knocked on on halfway. The ball was moved from right to left where Billy Hammond broke to the home 22. He then supplied a fine pass for Chris Vine who broke the cover to touch down 10 metres in from the flag. Vine was unable to tame the conditions as his conversion attempt was blown wide.

Driffield wasted little time in hitting back. From a midfield scrum the hosts threw a wild pass which hit a Crocs player on the way out of play.

Driffield claimed the linout and charged over with Sam Furbank touching down, the conversion again missing the target.

Play was stopped for an injury to Manny Riaz, but the Crocs man was able to continue until he was replaced during the second half.

Crocs threatened again when, from a lineout, Luke Gardiner won a penalty for offside. The ball was tapped and spread wide for Vine who made yards but lost possession in the tackle.

Crocs then lost Neil Richardson to an eye injury which meant Chris Seymour moved into the centre with George Hammond coming on at No 6.

The visitors went close again early in the second half when a lineout on halfway led to a maul down the middle only for the referee to award a knock on and Driffield were able to clear.

Crocs suffered another blow when George Hammond was shown a yellow card after Driffield had threatened from a driven maul.

Crocs held station on their own 22 where they gained a scrum. However, they were pushed off the ball and Hammond was penalised for preventing the score.

The issue was finally settled 10 minutes from time when Driffield drove forward from a long kick.

The play was spread wide and wing Alisdair McClarron burst through a stretched defence to touch down.

Crocs brought on Jon McCormack for Riaz and James Wainwright for Billy Hammond, but they still had to defend manfully to prevent another Driffield score.