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on: April 01, 2022, 06:31:35 PM
Getting to the squeaky bum end of the season and at the top it's neck and neck for the top spot with the game in hand giving the advantage to Ilkley but I'm sure Driffield will tell them it's no gimme and I'm sure it will go down to the wire. The third spot is just as competitive with Heath, with a game in hand, 2 points behind Cleck with the big game here to come in a fortnights time when Cleck travel the short distance to West Vale which could well be the 3rd place decider. Until then this weekend's games will help provide some more guidance to the final positions. Here's my view.

B&B v Heath
Heath certainly won't be taking their foot off the accelerator so another hefty defeat is on the cards for the Bees.

Consett v Old Brods
Apart from the score line overall Brods were arguably the better side against Heath last week and a similar performance from them against Consett should be good enough to come away with the spoils.

Durham v Morpeth
Another of the many potentially intriguing local Derbies we've had this season in this league and with Durham winning their local Derby against Consett last week they will be up for making it two wins in a row. With just the one loss at Ilkley in their last 5 games Morpeth are still riding high and I take them to be too strong for a Durham side who will never the less run them close.

M & N  v Ilkley
The Malton pitch can be a bit of a leveler and probably won't be conducive to Ilkley's type of play, but having said that with the incentive of winning the league Ilkley will come out with all guns blazing and should be too good for the home side.

Morley v Driffield
It's been a funny season for Morley with a number of up and down performances so I'm not sure which Morley team will turn up, however, I can't see even their best efforts being good enough to overcome what all seem to agree is a very good Driffield outfit.

Pocklington v Moortown
I really don't know which way to lean in this match. Pock keep putting in some really good performances only to intersperse them with some mediocre efforts. Meanwhile Moortown have shown they have a good young team in the making and on their day can produce some nice rugby. Having beaten Cleckheaton last week I'm going to take Pock to carry on the good work and win but only by a narrow margin.

Scarborough v Cleckheaton
It is commendable and brave of Scarborough to give chances to some of their younger players who will no doubt take away some great experiences from playing at this level and it will certainly benefit the club in the long term. However, if they do that against Cleckheaton I think they'll be on a hiding to nothing as last weeks result at Ilkley showed. I take Cleck to win no matter which team Scabs put out, but a strong Scabs team will help to make the game more competitive.
 
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Reply #1 on: April 01, 2022, 06:41:42 PM
B&B vs Heath - Heath win. Don’t expect it to be as big a score as other weeks but can’t see any other outcome here.

Consett vs Old Brodleians - the away trip to Consett is mostly certainly not an easy ride. Aware that Brods are travelling with a heavily depleted team from previous weeks so I can’t imagine them having this all their own way. I’m still going to say Brods within 7 points.

Malton vs Ilkley - Malton most certainly have earnt respect this year across the league in which I don’t think personally their league position reflects their season up to press. Despite this, I see no other result than a clear 5 point win for Ilkley here tomorrow.

Pock vs Moortown - Pocklington to win this one comfortably. Can’t see Moortown asserting themselves here and given Pock are at home they have to be clear favourites! Pock by 15-20.

Scarborough vs Cleck - never an easy place to go, but I see no other result than Cleck getting back to winning ways this week and taking this one by a score or two!

Durham vs Morpeth - like Consett, Durham has proven a not so easy place for most sides to go this season. I’m sure  Durham will be looking to finish the season strong with a win here as they have fought competitively for most of the season! Again though, I see Morpeth winning this one!

Morley vs Driffield - Morley will no doubt also want to build on last weeks good result away at Moortown. I just think Driffield will have way too much for them across the park. Driff to win with a try bonus point.


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Reply #2 on: April 01, 2022, 06:44:50 PM
Getting to the squeaky bum end of the season and at the top it's neck and neck for the top spot with the game in hand giving the advantage to Ilkley but I'm sure Driffield will tell them it's no gimme and I'm sure it will go down to the wire. The third spot is just as competitive with Heath, with a game in hand, 2 points behind Cleck with the big game here to come in a fortnights time when Cleck travel the short distance to West Vale which could well be the 3rd place decider. Until then this weekend's games will help provide some more guidance to the final positions. Here's my view.

B&B v Heath
Heath certainly won't be taking their foot off the accelerator so another hefty defeat is on the cards for the Bees.

Consett v Old Brods
Apart from the score line overall Brods were arguably the better side against Heath last week and a similar performance from them against Consett should be good enough to come away with the spoils.

Durham v Morpeth
Another of the many potentially intriguing local Derbies we've had this season in this league and with Durham winning their local Derby against Consett last week they will be up for making it two wins in a row. With just the one loss at Ilkley in their last 5 games Morpeth are still riding high and I take them to be too strong for a Durham side who will never the less run them close.

M & N  v Ilkley
The Malton pitch can be a bit of a leveler and probably won't be conducive to Ilkley's type of play, but having said that with the incentive of winning the league Ilkley will come out with all guns blazing and should be too good for the home side.

Morley v Driffield
It's been a funny season for Morley with a number of up and down performances so I'm not sure which Morley team will turn up, however, I can't see even their best efforts being good enough to overcome what all seem to agree is a very good Driffield outfit.

Pocklington v Moortown
I really don't know which way to lean in this match. Pock keep putting in some really good performances only to intersperse them with some mediocre efforts. Meanwhile Moortown have shown they have a good young team in the making and on their day can produce some nice rugby. Having beaten Cleckheaton last week I'm going to take Pock to carry on the good work and win but only by a narrow margin.

Scarborough v Cleckheaton
It is commendable and brave of Scarborough to give chances to some of their younger players who will no doubt take away some great experiences from playing at this level and it will certainly benefit the club in the long term. However, if they do that against Cleckheaton I think they'll be on a hiding to nothing as last weeks result at Ilkley showed. I take Cleck to win no matter which team Scabs put out, but a strong Scabs team will help to make the game more competitive.

Am I missing something? A game in a fortnights time? 🤷???


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Reply #3 on: April 01, 2022, 07:04:26 PM
Am I missing something? A game in a fortnights time? 🤷???
Someone is. That game was played 2 weeks ago.  ;)
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Reply #4 on: April 01, 2022, 08:40:43 PM
I stand corrected. Yorkshire RFU website says 16th April Heath v Cleckheaton. Obviously wrong. Apologies.

http://yorkshirerfu.pitchero.com/competitions-312/northern-division-north-one-east-3733892/fixtures/
« Last Edit: April 01, 2022, 08:45:40 PM by omigidiant »
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Reply #5 on: April 02, 2022, 07:08:23 AM
Let’s see how spectacularly wrong I can be this week…

B&B v Heath - starting with an easy one. Could be gruesome for the young Bees. Heath for the full five.

Consett v Brods - the home side has improved of late, but Brods know that their slim chance of a top three finish will vanish with anything less than a BP win. I think they will just make it though.

Durham v Morpeth - a local(ish) derby to savour. I think Morpeth will be too strong though and will claim the points.

M&N v Ilkley - the Malton pack proved to be more than worthy opponents at Stacks Field back in November, but the Ilkley backs are on top form and should provide enough firepower for a BP win.

Morley v Driffield - if Morley A turn up, they could run Driffield close ( and I would dearly like to see Driff drop a point… ) Any other Morley side and it’s another heavy home defeat. Driff to win though.

Pock v Moortown - tricky. Both sides can be outstanding on the day, so I can only look at current form and take Pock to edge it.

Scarbs v Cleck - the Seasiders will want to erase last week’s drubbing from the collective memory, as indeed will Cleck. Scarbs are good at home, but I have to go for Cleck today - they’ll be keen to stay in the top three.   


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Reply #6 on: April 02, 2022, 10:24:28 AM
Heath
Consett
Peth
Ilkley
Driff
Pock
Scarbs


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Reply #7 on: April 02, 2022, 11:24:08 AM
Yes it is correct, there is a game in a fortnights time
Heath v Scarborough.


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Reply #8 on: April 02, 2022, 05:18:12 PM
Bradford & Bingley 14 - 87 Heath
Consett 19 - 22 Old Brodleians
Durham City 13 - 18 Morpeth
Malton and Norton 15 - 19 Ilkley
Morley 11 - 37 Driffield
Pocklington 31 - 25 Moortown
Scarborough 31 - 34 Cleckheaton
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Reply #9 on: April 02, 2022, 05:23:38 PM
Five losing bonus points out of the 7 fixtures shows just how competitive N1E is and it is a credit to all the teams taking part.
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Reply #10 on: April 02, 2022, 07:38:49 PM
Not 100% sure how to fairly review todays game at Morley. The game was so poorly officiated that most merit league games would of been surprised by the standard on show by the referee.

Ultimately the better team won.

6-13 at half time due to any Driffield attacking opportunity being stopped by a referees whistle, on many occasions home and away supports left scratching their heads as to the reasons why.

Second half it was more of the same. Referee stopped anything that resembled a fair contest, until with 10minutes to go the Young Driffield winger made a strong run from 60m out to score. The game then seemed beyond Morley (and the referee) and the flood gates opened, 4 tries in 9 minutes.

The referee kept trying to find away in for Morley and it finally worked with 2minutes left on the clock.

Very disappointed to be bad mouthing a referee rather then talking about the performance of the players, however I didn’t watch a game of rugby today. I watch one man in the middle the pitch penalise one team out of a game whilst allowing the other to play by a different standard.


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Reply #11 on: April 02, 2022, 08:09:28 PM
Harsh but true differ lid. One has to say also that Drif  goalkicking poor and Drif made far too many mistakes particularly first half. Some good showings ryan m and rix, but many good chances not finished off. Will need to up game in last two fixtures. Jamie missed.


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Reply #12 on: April 02, 2022, 08:11:00 PM
Typo?? Should be Jenkinson


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Reply #13 on: April 02, 2022, 08:14:29 PM
Harsh but true differ lid. One has to say also that Drif  goalkicking poor and Drif made far too many mistakes particularly first half. Some good showings ryan m and rix, but many good chances not finished off. Will need to up game in last two fixtures. Jamie missed.

Agreed, to many unforced errors. And Matthew Jenkinson was a massive loss to the side due to COVID.


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Reply #14 on: April 02, 2022, 08:49:41 PM
Probs be easier if you two just text each other