MALTON TURNED OVER AND STRIPPED
MALTON TURNED OVER AND STRIPPED.
Malton's Hon President took the high road to Driffield and negotiated the border control at Wetwang with more success than last Friday at Leeds Bradford airport, and was well entertained with much ribbing at the pre-match lunch.
Unfortunately for Malton this is where the entertainment ceased.
A blustery afternoon at Kelleythorpe saw Driffield kick off with the wind at their backs only to see the ball go dead. Three minutes later a punt also went dead. The warning was clear to both sides, accurate,delicate line and chip kicking would rule the day!
Malton suffered the loss of skipper Sam Triffit on 3 minutes with a mandatory 19 day lay off for concussion. A re-shuffle saw Matt Bowman go to 8, Will Hughes to 7, Andy Mitchell off the bench to fill in at lock. Malton spent 10 minutes pressuring Driffield's 22 metre area but with no result. A turnover gave Driffield the chance to kick down the park and earn a penalty on 15 minutes converted by the prolific goal kicker Watts at no 10.
Seven minutes later Driffield scored wide out through their no 12 again converted. With Driffield again camped on the Malton line minutes later prop Ed Gwilliam was rushed on to take over from young Ted Hughes. The effect was minimal as Driffield scored again through the full back again converted.
Malton kept coming back at Driffield but a combination of good tackling, turnover and stripped ball saw Driffield administer a killer blow on 40 minutes the no 11 going over again converted by Watts. Half time Malton 0 Driffield 24.
The wind, a feature of the first half should have been in Malton's favour but now chose to be inconsistent for the next 40 minutes and Malton tried to run the ball back at Driffield but with Tom Foan coming off to be replaced by former colt George Austin-Thompson for his first senior appearance lost their thrust in mid field and seemingly ignored their winger at 11 who had to go looking for ball instead of conventional transfer from the midfield. Malton's forwards also set up drives for two,three or four phases and then released the ball instead of going for phase five, six, seven, etcetera; the method which had yielded results in previous games.
But failure to address the malaise of the first half and yielding hard won ball to an eager Driffield pack was a feature of most of the second half with promising field positions given up too easily with a combination of too high a penalty count and turnover ball. On a day when a full head count was a must a yellow card was shown to promising winger Will Bell for a high tackle on 65 minutes.
Ten minutes later with the above back on Driffield upped their game and their midfield broke through,linked up with their hooker who in turn made good ground and passed to his supporting no 13 who trotted in under the sticks duly converted.
Malton's misery was further compounded two minutes later when the Driffield eight shoved Malton over the line at set piece near the posts the conversion giving goal kicker no 10 Watts a 100% success rate for the afternoon.
Malton now heading the bottom half of a fluctuating league will look to secure maximum points against lowly Consett next week, whilst addressing on the training pitch in mid week the soft underbelly so cruelly exposed at Kelleythorpe.
Malton: Ali Fothergill, Will Bell, Tom Foan, Callum Stark, Rob Armitage, Nick Daley, Paul Angus, Ted Hughes, John Vasconcelos, Rob Featherstone, Jamie Rounthwaite, Will Hughes, Tom Lowry, Matt Bowman, Sam Triffit(c).
Subs: Ed Gwilliam, Andy Mitchell, George Austin-Thompson, (all used).