This week Driffield M1s hosted Richmond M1s at Driffield Leisure Centre, hoping to maintain their unbeaten run this season, despite missing star striker Cherry for this encounter. From the off it was clear that this Driffield team are continuing to go from strength to strength as they dominated the play from the start.
The Woldsmen were holding on to the ball masterfully and swinging it round the pitch at speed and creating a series of opportunities on goal. The only problem they were having was actually putting the ball in the back of the net, including an embarrassing open goal miss for Dewhirst 15 minutes in.
Eventually, holding midfielder Congiu took matters into his own hands, ghosting past 4 Richmond players into the opposition D and squaring the ball across the goal to Wallace to tap in to finally open the scoring. This was followed up with a second goal 5 minutes later from Smith with a clever finish on the post to extend the lead to 2-0.
In the second half, Richmond adopted a much more defensive position to try to keep themselves in the game, opting for a half court press with the aim of trying to hit the Woldsmen on the break. This continued to frustrate Driffield, who were enjoying the lion’s share of the possession, with some great work switching the play round the back from Bell, Gate and Jackson. The wing backs, Needham and Lee were also providing a great service, probing the wide areas with some good interplay with Dewhirst and Martindale to create plenty of opportunities for Shepherd, Robson and Wallace up front. The forward line also made good use of Miller who was working the pivot frenetically, keeping the ball moving round the high areas to good effect.
However, the goals did not initially flow as Driffield would have liked until eventually mid-way through the half Dewhirst rounded the Richmond keeper and slipped the ball to Shepherd to tap in to make it 3-0. Richmond really started to look beaten from this point and not long after Wallace scored one of the finest goals witnessed at the Leisure Centre, turning a Richmond player in the D before rifling a reverse stick strike into the top right hand corner to put the game past Richmond. Clearly inspired by this Dewhirst attempted a reverse stick shot of his own in the dying moments of the game but was unable to trouble the ball, much to the amusement of players, umpires and spectators.
This was another dominant display from the Woldsmen and quite telling that goalkeeper Falkingham only touched the ball once during the entire game. The result keeps Driffeld in 3rd place in Division North 2 East with the highest goal difference in the league which is a very promising start to the season. Next week they travel away to newly promoted Harrogate 2s and will be hoping to further extend this run of fantastic form.
Thanks as always to shirt sponsor Yorkwold Pigpro and to the hospitality of the Spread Eagle.
Team: Falkingham (GK), Needham, Lee, Jackson, Gate (C), Bell, Miller, Congiu, Martindale, Dewhirst, Robson, Shephard, Wallace, Smith