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Pocklingt RUFC and Driffield in East Yorkshire derby
POCKLINGTON are expecting their biggest crowd of the season for their North One East derby against Driffield at Percy Road.
The game pits the 2012 Yorkshire One champions, Pocklington, against the side that followed them to the crown 12 months later.
But the East Yorkshire neighbours have enjoyed rather different fortunes so far and are at opposite ends of the table – Pocklington having lost one league game while Driffield have won just one.
Pock, however, are expecting local rivalries to count for more than the 20 points that separate the sides in the table.
The teams met in a couple of low-key friendlies last season, but both league games between the two in 2011/12 were full-blooded, close encounters.
Pocklington hope to have both regular wingers, Tim Nixon and Billy Hardy, who have scored ten tries between them so far, back in harness after they missed last week’s trip to Rochdale.
Driffield have also moved to strengthen their line-up with the selection of Tongan Tony Maka, the former Malton and Norton and England Students player who is a cousin of England’s Vunipola brothers, and ex-Australia Sevens scrum-half Michael Black.
Winning away from home will go a long way to deciding the promotion places in Yorkshire One, reckons York head coach Sean Bass, as he contemplates a trip to Heath.
Following two successive defeats, the Clifton Parkers got back to winning ways with a 34-16 home win against Keighley.
But, with the division tight at the top and York three points off summit holders Doncaster Phoenix, Bass believes it is on their travels where the Shipton Road side must strive to be excellent.
Having already won at Bridlington and North Ribblesdale, Bass said: “It’s very difficult. Playing at home is more comfortable than being away.
“But on the road it is terrific to get wins. If you can get an away win you get a really good feeling and it has a great effect on the team.
“Teams tend to give a good account of themselves at home and there are some really proud teams in Yorkshire One. That has always been the case.
“The team that normally wins the league, or gets promoted, is the one that can eke out wins away from home.
“That’s the sign of a real quality side and that’s what we have got to start doing.”
Bass has made only one change from last weekend’s win with Rich Downey returning to replace Hugh Nicholson on the wing.
Selby’s promising Yorkshire One campaign, which got back on track with a 22-20 win over Scarborough and lifted them to seventh in the table, continues with the visit of Old Brodleians to Sandhill Lane.
York RI, who did not have a game last weekend, return to Yorkshire Four action when they entertain Hessle.
The Railwaymen are still waiting for their first win of the campaign but they have proved to be difficult opponents so far this season – losing by six points or fewer twice and drawing with Old Otliensians.
Those results have brought precious bonus points and see them head Hessle in the table.
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