Mens 1's Match Report - 20th October 2018
By Henri Williams
Richmond 2, Driffield 0
Richmond 1s 2 vs Driffield M1s 0
Driffield made the trip up to Richmond on Saturday, who are an old adversary and from past experience the Woldsmen fully expected a difficult and physical contest. This was to be a tough ask with Driffield missing the physicality of Shepard in midfield this week and a reliance on the young players Martindale, Voase, Wallace, Needham and Lee to step up to the challenge.
Driffield started the first half very brightly moving the ball round the pitch with pace and purpose, which was contrasted by Richmond’s much more direct style of play, trying to force the ball through the centre of the pitch. Both teams began to create a number of chances and a goal from either side was certainly on the cards, although it was Driffield that were producing the more attractive and flowing hockey. However, the Woldsmen where looking exposed within their own 23 metre line and Richmond began to win a series of short corners as the Driffield players were not quite clever enough at protecting their feet in the D. With 10 minutes left in the first half Richmond were able to capitalise on one of these short corners to take the lead.
The Driffield captain called on his team to keep their heads up and not panic but unfortunately Driffield started to try to force the issue and made their reoccurring mistake of not using the full width of the pitch. However, Bell created a good chance mid half when he rolled round a Richmond player to find space to fire a crash ball into the D which would have been converted had Levitt just managed to get a touch. Cherry also had a good chance just before half time when he characteristically beat 3 Richmond players with a mazey run, but his shot just missed the goal to the right and the half finished 1-0.
In the second half Driffield tried hard to find the form they had displayed prior to going a goal down but it proved to be evasive. Richmond pressed the Driffield players hard and were all too happy to outmuscle the younger players whenever they could. This made it difficult for the Woldsmen to find their stride and to dominate possession like they can and once again the game became fought in the middle of the pitch and the supply to Levitt and Cherry upfront dried up.
Richmond however were benefiting from this style of game and were getting some success using little triangles to power through at the Driffield D and in the middle of the second half were able to extend their lead to 2 goals with a powerful strike past the right foot of Falkingham.
The game then became quite scrappy and bad tempered, with some Driffield and Richmond players alike beginning to lose their cool. The Driffield players worked very hard to try to break down the Richmond defence but kept finding themselves outmanoeuvred and having to back pedal hard to stop Richmond hitting back on the break. The result was that Driffield failed to take control of the game and the powerful Richmond team looked much the more likely to score as the game drew to a close.
The game ended 2-0 to Richmond and Driffield will take heart from playing the better hockey at times, but they still need to work at how to maintain this quality of which they are capable against the stronger teams and not get broken down so easily. The loss sees the Woldsmen drop to 6th place in North 2 East and next week they will need to take 3 points off a very strong Brigg side at home if they are to keep challenging for the top spots in the league this season. Thanks as always to the Shirt Sponsor Yorkwold Pigpro.
Team: Falkingham (GK), Needham, Jackson, Lee, Gate(C), Bell, Wallace, Robson, Voase, Dewhirst, Levitt, Martindale, Cherry.