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Regional One (North East) / Re: Final league postions
« on: February 21, 2024, 10:21:45 AM »
Think with the remaining fixtures left to play if anyone has a chance of finishing above Harrogate for the title, then Driffield will need to win on the final game of the season.

Then bonus points will come into play. Don’t think will have much of an idea until the Easter Break

Regional One (North East) / Re: 17th of Feb
« on: February 18, 2024, 09:30:46 PM »
Any report on unexpected Cleck win at Heath?
York could do with a couple clues how to beat them!

3 years in a row Cleck have won at Heath. They now how to play that pitch that’s for sure

Regional Two (North & North East) / Re: Results 17th
« on: February 18, 2024, 07:58:11 AM »
The difference between top and bottom in most divisions is down to a few small things. Availabilities, injuries, a winning mentality or struggling from successive losses, a few key players and a bit of luck.

No magic formula from any team, just a combination of the above.

Ratcliffe and Harrison appear to of been the magic formula.

Regional One (North East) / Re: 17th of Feb
« on: February 18, 2024, 07:46:25 AM »
What a day of results.

Harrogate vs York draw still in Harrogates favour with the games in hand, but will the pitch recover for the rest of the season? With injury problems for both sides does it open things up for Heath and Driffield to apply pressure?

Heath losing to Cleckheaton. Cleck clearly enjoy playing at Heath, 2 seasons in a row come away with the win on the postage stamp pitch.

Ilkley have really demonstrated Blaydons lack of desire to travel with a thumping victory.

Sandal and Scunthorpe giving survival hopes a massive boost, and although thought Scunthorpe would get the result, don’t think I would have called that score line.

Driffield vs Doncaster always looked like a very one sided affair. 19-0 at half time, and Doncaster down to 14 men. The Woldsmen dominating every aspect, and looked like it was going to be a cricket score after half time. However Doncaster’s attitude and efforts after the break meant the score line stayed reasonable.
Yesterday was a first for me, Doncaster’s Scrum was completely dismantled by Driffield, 2 or 3 went back 15m (quickly) yet the penalties went Doncaster’s way, in fact Driffield didn’t win a single scrum penalty, with Doncaster getting 5+. Inner workings of a scrum confuse most people, but a pack dominating as much as yesterday have very little reason to infringe. Even Doncaster’s very experienced scrum coach was very bemused by the penalties (although grateful).

Regional One (North East) / Re: 17th of Feb
« on: February 15, 2024, 09:29:36 AM »
Exciting weekend of fixtures

Harrogate Vs York

MOTD by a long way. If Harrogate are to make the most of the games in hand then a win here and they are favourites for the title for me.
York with injury worries, will they now fade away, or did they get some signings before the cut off date?
Harrogate Win

Heath Vs Cleckheaton

Imagine this is an entertaining game to watch. Neither side will give an inch. Kicking for territory, kicking penalties and drop goals from your own half.
Cleck got the win in this fixture last season, so maybe the small pitch helps them.
Heath Win

Ilkley Vs Blaydon

A tight game, between a side that seems to of been ransacked by the local rivals vs the team who don’t like to travel.
Ilkley Win as that makes most sense

Sandal vs Pontefract

If Ponte has any hope of surviving they need to be getting a win this weekend. It will be a tough ask with Sandal looking much improved since Christmas
Sandal Win

Scunthorpe Vs Alnwick

Alnwick have appeared to quietly been going about their business, and as they are due to play everyone above them they certainly will have something to say about the title race.
Got a feeling that a fighting Scunthorpe will make it difficult for Alnwick to get the long bus trip out of the system
Scunny Win

Driffield vs Doncaster

If the result at castle park earlier in the season is anything to go on, then this should be a good result for Driffield. If the Donny that beat York turn up then it could be a very close game.
Driffield Win

Regional One (North East) / Re: 10th Feb
« on: February 09, 2024, 01:49:17 PM »
Harrogate Vs Alnwick Postponed. Only free weekend now for both 9th March other then Easter Saturday

Regional One (North East) / 10th Feb
« on: February 09, 2024, 01:02:40 PM »
Well I suppose this week most people except York will be hoping the games will be on. Very congested end to the season if not.

Although Harrogate Vs Alnwick is no longer appearing on the fixtures for this weekend?

Harrogate vs Alnwick (assuming it’s on)
Will go for a Harrogate Win. Keep the promotion hopes alive. Recent signings and potential names being bounced around certainly sound like a club who want to return to Nat 2 at the first time of asking by any means possible.

Scunthorpe Vs Blaydon
Blaydons season is now fully over in my opinion, and a middle table battle isn’t going to excite anyone. Travelling to Scunthorpe will do little to inspire the troops. Scunny comfortable Win

Ilkley Vs Driffield
Recent adverts for Player Coaches at Ilkley certainly show intent for something. Have they been employed in time for this weekends fixture?
Driffield Win on a heavy pitch

Regional Two (North & North East) / Re: February 3rd results
« on: February 04, 2024, 09:33:49 AM »
Question for the regular viewers of the league this season / last season.

Given Pontefracts struggles in Regional 1, and the lack of sides relegated over the last 2 seasons to regional 2. Out of Selby, Brods and Rochdale (imagine one of those 3 now look set for it) who will be best placed for promotion?

Depth of squad, style of play etc?

Regional One (North East) / Re: 3rd February
« on: February 04, 2024, 07:46:06 AM »
A very interesting round of results. From the recent reviews … have the heath heavies on the plastic beaten all of the plastic reviews on the page… one could presume… ?

The ‘dark arts advocate’ hanging out the back of the York faithful… I question whether he’s he’s either making excuses or whether the funds or players at disposal are drying up?

Alnwick proving difficult at home is always to be expected! If they could travel where would they be? Or does being so far away and winning at home keep them in this league? Who knows?

Result of the day… the cleck clunkers putting driff away. Arguably a result seeing cleck push clear from the bottom. Playing close and tight… is it the way to put driff away?

Harrogate beating ponte… sat in 3rd, the “we don’t want go up” gate wanting to sign Mr minikin. Are they battling the top… a game in hand… Time will tell… cash books at the ready?

Does sandal vs scunth decided relegation?

Too many questions leading into the back end of the season…

Great ten pence worth.

York had a 9 from Otley, so not sure the funds have dried up just yet. But players pool available could well have.

Alnwick are a quality outfit. And agree they have such tough away trips regardless of where they are travelling it’s always a big ask.

Cleck don’t like being told the keep it tight. And that certainly wasn’t the reasons they won the game yesterday. The fight to survive seemed to be the decided factor in the end.

If Harrogate are after Minikin that would be a massive sign if intent. 2 ex Ilkley players on the team sheet this week so anything could happen.

Still thinking Phoenix and Ponte to go down.

Very interesting end to the season that’s for sure

Regional One (North East) / Re: 3rd February
« on: February 03, 2024, 08:43:03 PM »
Cleckheaton deserved winners today.
Out played Driffield in every aspect for 70 minutes.

Game looked done with Cleckheaton out to 25-9 and Driffield all over the place. Cleck tired and Driffield came back into it, and could have won it at the end. But ultimately the right team won.

Breakwell kicked well and controlled the territory. Brambani was brilliant at 15. Ran some good lines and kicked out of hand very well.

Today’s referee was consistent throughout. Think most weeks I can complain about tackle height and today was much the same.

Well done to Cleck, big step towards survival.

One shouting point for Driffield today, 180 people for a second team sponsorship lunch.

Regional One (North East) / Re: 3rd February
« on: February 02, 2024, 03:22:17 PM »
Alnwick v Doncaster P - a comfortable home win and a long drive home for the Donny lads.

Blaydon v Heath - the near-Geordies to preserve their home record on that horrible pitch.

Cleckheaton v Driffield - close away win I feel. Very close.

Pontefract v Harrogate - another comfortable home win. Not good news for the admirable Allsorts.

Scunthorpe v Sandal - toss of a coin…. Narrow home win, but points for Sandal.

York v Ilkley - the Dalesmen surprised their own support last week with a five point win conjured up by what looked very much like a scratch side ( though no disrespect to Ponte ) The same effort this time might just reverse the one point loss incurred earlier this season. Away win by a whisker.

Yorks Team sheet looks short of a few regulars. There for the taking for the Ilkley lads I think

Regional One (North East) / Re: 3rd February
« on: February 02, 2024, 12:03:06 PM »
Alnwick vs Donny
Alnwick with a straight forward home win here.

Blaydon vs Heath
Now seeing Blaydon home and away they certainly are a different beast at home. Blaydon Win

Pontefract vs Harrogate
Struggle to see much joy for Pontefract here, Harrogate to have to much structure for them. Harrogate Win

Scunthorpe Vs Sandal
For both teams this is another big game for survival. Going with home advantage to edge it. Scunthorpe Win

York Vs Ilkley
Injuries taking its toll on the York squad, unable to raise a second team. The lack of a 2s seems to be a trait of Nat 2 teams so maybe it’s a good sign. However Ilkley Win to keep the league interesting

Cleckheaton vs Driffield
Same old story. If Driffield allow Cleck to frustrate them and give away penalties then it will be a long old afternoon. Breakwells boot and the driving maul certainly make the most of ill discipline. Going for Driffield to of learned from previous mistakes. Driffield Win

Merit Leagues / Re: YRFU & NE Premiership
« on: January 30, 2024, 05:58:34 AM »
The Yorkshire clubs in the league have played plenty of fixtures.

Driffield, Sheffield, Heath and Sandal are all the top 4 for games played (11/12) and points. But the points per game system has 2 North east teams currently taking play off places having only played a select few teams in the league

Merit Leagues / YRFU & NE Premiership
« on: January 29, 2024, 09:30:15 AM »
Is anyone able to shed some light on playoff this year and how it will work in the Merit Prem?

I understand in other merit leagues/tables it used to be a minimum number of games played to qualify?

Just with Billingham and Tynedale sitting in the top 4 having only played 5 fixtures in the league.

Regional One (North East) / Re: 27th January
« on: January 29, 2024, 09:06:42 AM »
£7 across the board at Driffield.

Like how Ponte do it. Think it’s a reasonable split for Members and non members

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