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Differ Lid

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on: November 24, 2022, 03:11:52 PM
Firstly, I think everyone’s thoughts this weekend will be with the players and supporters of Selby following the loss of Tom Edwards. A death in the rugby family is felt across the leagues. As has been said on other posts, if your struggling reach out and talk.

Alnwick V Heath

Alnwick to have too much for Heath. Not going to be a big scoring game I don’t believe, as Alnwick appear comfortable controlling a lead rather than chasing bonus points. Alnwick Win

Billingham V Scunthorpe

League leaders to reach the halfway point with only the 1 loss against their names. Billingham Win

Cleckheaton V Sandal

Torn with this one, it should be a Cleck win on paper. But think Sandal could upset Clecks recent strong run of form. Sandal Win

Doncaster Phoenix V Paviors

Must win game for both teams. Sitting dangerously close to the relegation positions. If other games go in their Favour the winners could jump to 6th relieve a lot of pressure. Going to go with Paviors due to them having slightly more fire power in the backs, and a pack that will match Phoenix. Paviors Win

Driffield V Ilkley

Ilkley were the only side to beat Driffield home and away last season, and although Ilkley’s league position looks like this should be a Driffield win, I'm not sure many of the Woldsmen will be taking anything for granted on the back of some tough to take losses. Driff to bounce back.  Driffield Win

York V West Bridgford

Will West Bridgford improved performances be enough to upset a spluttering York side? With York beginning the season as one of my favorites for a top 3 finish its hard to see the hit and miss season continuing. I wouldn’t be surprised by a Bridgford win, however think York will get the result they need. York Win

P.S good to see we can finally get on to the forum


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Reply #1 on: November 25, 2022, 04:05:54 PM
I will have a go again, perhaps with more success!
Alnwick v Heath. This should be tight, but go for home win.
Billingham v Scunthorpe. Home win.
Cleckheaton v Sandal. Again I go for home win.
DP v Paviors. Another home win.
Driffield v Ilkley. I shall continue with a home win, although past records don't underline this. I keep thinking Ilkley are going to wake up, but hope not on Saturday.
York v WB. Another team I expected to be better than their results, I give York the win.


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Reply #2 on: November 26, 2022, 10:51:21 AM
A bit late, but here we go from the back of a car on the way to Driff…..

Alnwick v Heath - a narrow home win, though I hope Heath soften them up for next week.

Billingham v Scunthorpe - another five pointer for the Chemical Brothers.

Cleck v Sandal - the M606 grunters to win this. Comfortably.

Danum P v Paviors - I fear Paviors might pip DP.

Driffield v Ilkley - the Woldsmen might be apprehensive after last year’s matches, but Ilkley will really have to indulge in some digit removal to get a result. As I’m feeling reckless, I’ll go for Ilkley.

York v West Bridgford - York are the league’s Jekyll and Hyde side. I suspect the good doctor will prevail today - home win.


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Reply #3 on: November 26, 2022, 08:10:26 PM
So results went mostly as expected today.
Alnwick winning a tight game against Heath, Billingham putting the 4g to good use, Sandal testing Cleckheatons credentials. Phoenix winning the battle of the forwards, and York coming good on the quality they have.

Driffield had a sloppy first half today with plenty of unforced errors and a few penalties (although much improvement on recent weeks penalty counts) losing 13-15 at half time it would of been easy for Driffield to fall into the mistakes of recent weeks and trying to force the game.
The second half performance from Driffield was much improved and the pressure showed in the final 10 minutes with 3 unanswered Tries and Ilkley looking out of puff.

Ilkley still a side who showed glimpses of last seasons brilliance, clearly a number of injuries in the squad. But the lack of depth appears the issue, Driffield 2s running out 72-0 winners against Ilkleys travelling 2nd team.
A well coached side, who play some fantastic rugby and deserve to be playing in this league, hope they have enough to turn around the second half of the season and pull themselves out of a relegation scrap


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Reply #4 on: November 26, 2022, 08:38:40 PM
The Driff v Ilkley game did not flow which must have been upsetting for both sides who like to play open rugby. Far too many mistakes by both sides, a glut of penalties and plenty of knock on stoppages. Driff down by two at half time but as the game went into the last quarter, fitness told.  From a close game it changed into a bit one sided. I have wondered why Ilkley have deteriorated from last season's high. On this only view I have had of them this season, it struck me they are not as fit. Maybe lack of some personal has been a contributing factor? Certainly the final score of 45 - 18 was a little flattering to Driff. The injury to back Askew in the first half probably was a contributing factor to the lack of rytham to Driff 's first half lack of continuity.


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Reply #5 on: November 26, 2022, 09:05:58 PM
The first half was pretty even, with Ilkley’s pack forcing their way over twice. Half time was 13.15 and it was anyone’s game.

An early penalty to Driff and a yellow card for Ilkley tilted the balance and Driff ruthlessly exploited their advantage, running in four tries to revenge their defeat at Stacks Field last season. 45-18 was indeed somewhat flattering, but that’s show biz.

At 21.18 Ilkley had a great chance to go ahead, but a dreadful line-throw gave possession back to Driff and they never looked back.

There was just one of the Ilkley backs today that featured in last season’s title-winning side and the constant chopping and changing the side this season for myriad reasons have resulted in far too many disjointed performances.

Well beaten by a very competent Driff side.


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Reply #6 on: November 26, 2022, 09:13:00 PM
The first half was pretty even, with Ilkley’s pack forcing their way over twice. Half time was 13.15 and it was anyone’s game.

An early penalty to Driff and a yellow card for Ilkley tilted the balance and Driff ruthlessly exploited their advantage, running in four tries to revenge their defeat at Stacks Field last season. 45-18 was indeed somewhat flattering, but that’s show biz.

At 21.18 Ilkley had a great chance to go ahead, but a dreadful line-throw gave possession back to Driff and they never looked back.

There was just one of the Ilkley backs today that featured in last season’s title-winning side and the constant chopping and changing the side this season for myriad reasons have resulted in far too many disjointed performances.

Well beaten by a very competent Driff side.

The yellow card was certainly the turning point. The carnage Ilkley caused last season against Driffield with the dominant backs showed glimpses of coming through but often the final pass was dropped or support for the final pass wasn’t in place, which clearly comes down to the multiple changes you talk about.

Hope Ilkley turn things around, great club, with fantastic supporters and great group of players. Looking forward to the return leg in the new year


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Reply #7 on: November 27, 2022, 04:36:15 PM
Thank you for those kind words, Differ Lid ! I think our Clubs have many similarities - and all in a good way…

Historically, we always play better after Christmas, so let’s see what happens. I’m not optimistic about Alnwick away next week ( though I’ve booked my train ticket ) but we then have Paviors at home and then Sandal away. Having beaten both already, surely we can hope for a few more points.