4th Hat-Trick in a row for Cherry
By Henri Williams
Driffield M1s (7) Vs Marton Furness M1s (3)
Driffield welcomed Marton Furness M1s to the leisure centre this week hoping to take all 3 points and leap frog them into 5th place in the league. This week Shepard and Dewhirst were consigned to start from the bench for minor breaches of captain Gate’s disciplinary code.
Unfortunately, the woldsmen did not start the game brightly with some wayward passing gifting the ball back to Marton Furness players to often who quickly punished the home team, taking the lead 1-0 with a well worked goal. Driffield responded well and managed to pull back a goal from some more Cherry trickery but they could still not quite find their stride and found themselves 2-1 down shortly after when the Teesiders converted from a short corner.
However midway through the half, Driffield started to play much better with Jackson working the pivot from defence and feeding Needham and lee on the flanks to great effect. Similarly, the young wing backs were then providing some great supply up to the higher players and by half time Driffield had taken the lead 4-2 with two more for cherry to convert yet another hat-trick and a well struck goal for Andy Wallace from the top of the D.
In the second half Marton Furness came out fighting and for the first 10 minutes piled the pressure on the Woldsmen, reducing their deficit to 4-3. This was a wake-up call for Driffield and they shifted through the gears to start playing the quality of hockey that they are capable, with much of the play built from Jackson, Bell and Gate in the holding areas of the pitch. Marton Furness found themselves in the unenviable position of being made to chase the ball and Driffield started to win a series of short corners from penetrations into their D. Tom Lee proved that all the hard work in the gym is paying off by converting two of the short corners with powerful drag flicks to take the score to 6-3.
This really put the game past Marton Furness whose players didn’t help themselves by receiving a succession of cards for back chat to the umpires. Although Driffield were not whiter than white, with captain Gate receiving a yellow card for the cynical use of his foot to deny the teesiders a goal scoring opportunity. However, whilst the Driffield skipper was consigned to the sin bin Levitt scored his 25th goal of the season to kill the game off 7-3. Levitt and Cherry now find themselves as the joint top scorers in the league with 50 goals between them and this being Cherry’s 4th hat-trick in as many games.
Speaking after the game Cherry said of his current run in form: “As one of the older players in the team it is a great feeling to be still able to help us keep on winning. We are playing really well as a team now and the fact that our two forwards are the joint top scorers in the league is testament to this. Its fantastic to get so much quality supply from the team and I will do my best to keep putting the ball into the back of the net for as long as I can!”
Indeed, this was another great performance for Driffield, despite showing some signs of complacency at times and but they will be heading up to North Shields next week full of confidence and with nothing to fear.
Thanks as ever to shirt sponsor Yorkwold Pigpro and to the Spread Eagle pub for their hospitality.
Team: Falkingham (GK), Lee, Jackson, Needham, Robson, Bell, Shephard, Martindale, Wallace, Dewhirst, Gate (C), Levitt, Cherry