Mens 1's Match Report - 3rd November 2018
By Henri Williams
Leeds M3s 2 Vs Driffield M1s 2
Driffield Men 1s travelled to Weetwood to play Leeds M3s who had won every game at home up to this point, but the Woldsmen were high in confidence having put in a strong performance against Brigg the previous week, despite being narrowly defeated.
The game started as it was to go on for the entire 70 minutes- played at a high tempo with both teams moving the ball rapidly round the pitch. It was clear Driffield were going to have to dig deep to sustain this level of intensity against an athletic Leeds side, especially as it was Leeds who opened their account first after 10 minutes from a well worked attack into the Driffield D from the right flank which saw the ball roll cheaply between the legs of Falkingham in goal. Worse was to come for Driffield when Leeds extended their lead to 2 goals just minutes later with a great individual goal from one of their forwards.
Driffield were not playing badly but 2-0 down at this early stage in the game did not bode well at all for them. But they stuck to their guns and absorbed a period of strong pressure from the now buoyant Leeds team. Slowly Driffield began to take more control of the game and started to trouble the Leeds team with probing play down each wing and with Gate managing to find Levitt and Cherry up front through channels that were opening up. Both teams were pressing the other very hard and were both having to defend hard as a result with the midfielders being called into action in all areas of the pitch.
Driffield really needed a goal before half time to get themselves back into the game and it came just before the break from Aaron Gate. A slick short corner routine saw the skipper fire an unstoppable drag flick into the top right hand corner of the net to cheers from the small group of away supporters.
In the second half, Driffield continued to improve and were looking very impressive with all players on form and shifting the ball rapidly and accurately between themselves. This was causing the Leeds players to have to work very hard just to try to keep the ball out of their own D and when they did manage to take the ball off Driffield they were hassled very hard by the away team. After 10 minutes of the second half Ed Cherry stole the ball off the Leeds centre back who was guilty of holding on to it for a fraction too long. Cherry drove in to the D and passed the ball round the Leeds keeper to Levitt who still had a lot to do to put the ball into the goal on his reverse side to put the scores level at 2-2.
With 25 minutes still to play, both teams pushed hard to try to take the lead with some desperate defending at both ends of the pitch. At the Driffield end Jackson and Gate were having to work very hard in defence and the young defenders Needham and Lee were doing a great job relieving the pressure with some big aerials down the line. This was a great game for the spectators with both teams playing fast end to end hockey. But with just one substitute it was Driffield who appeared to be tiring more and Leeds started to breach their defence more and more often, which wasn’t helped by Voase and Dewhirst both spending some time in the sinbin. The result was that the goal keeper Falkingham, was called upon time after time to pull off some incredible saves to keep the scores level.
But the game eventually ended 2-2 and Driffield can be very proud of their hard fought point having been 2 goals down against a strong Leeds side who had previously not dropped any points at home. This was certainly one of the team’s best performances to date and they will be looking to take this form into next Saturday when they host 3rd placed Durham University 3s.
Thanks to shirt sponsor Yorkwold Pigpro
Team: Falkingham (GK), Needham, Jackson, Lee, Gate(C), Bell, Robson, Voase, Dewhirst, Levitt, Martindale, Cherry.