Harrogate vs Driffield
Georgians back to winning ways with impressive victory over physical Driffield side
The Georgians bounced back from the disappointment of narrow defeat to Billingham last time out, with an impressive 6 try victory over Driffield 2s and an exemplary kicking display from Sam Watkinson.
The home- side started strongly and were 14-0 nil up after 6 Mins with the impressive lock forward Chris Bell getting on the end of a series of forward drives to go over, closely followed by a text book back play with looping fly- half Watkinson slicing through the Driffield backs.
Driffield were not going to crumble though, and for the rest of the half. Harrogate were in defensive mode repelling the continued pick and goes around the fringes from the commited and physical Driffield pack is hog won then a penalty for their efforts. 14-3
On 35 Mins a nasty looking injury to impressive young Georgians flanker Harrison necessitated a change of pitches and this coupled with its the sin- binning of Richard Bland took some of the momentum out of the game.
The half-time introduction of Phil wickham Injected some well needed pace back into the game and Improved speed of ball at the breakdown. This also allowed Hampson to move to his favoured position at 10 and the Georgians attack with dual playmakers was very impressive in the second 40.
4 second half tries followed, with Bell and Watkinson both getting a brace and the best saved for the last play of the game with Conor Miller getting on the end of a beautifully executed backs play and Hampson pass to go over under the sticks.
There should have been additional scores with Euan Miller unlucky to be held up over the line and Bell bundled into touch whilst going for his hat- trick ( jug avoidance! )
Driffield never gave up and scored two 2nd half tries of their own although the Georgians have some defensive fine tuning to do here.
Particular mention for skipper Tom Young who led from the front and was a constant threat in attack and topped the tackle count. Forwards James Millington, Chris Bell and Liam Hucknall constantly carried hard and got us on the front foot whilst also leading the defensive effort.
All in all a very impressive performance that will set us up nicely for the harder tests to come in the next month. Harrison’s injury is not as bad as 1st feared and we look forward to having him back on the pitch soon.
Match report by Rob Johnson