TWENTY minutes of madness ruined Horden’s return to North One East as they lost out 32-3 at Driffield on Saturday.
Last season’s Durham and Northumberland One champions competed strongly only to be undone by a home scoring spree either side of half-time.
Horden had taken the lead midway through the half with a David Heckles penalty just outside the 22.
With new scrum-half Taz Pelser working well with the forwards, it all looked promising for the colliery side. But it would all go wrong.
Driffield scored from a quick line-out and then counter-attacked from deep for the second thanks to excellent handling and support play.
Horden looked like they had scored when Pelser sneaked over from short range but the referee judged he had been held up.
Driffield countered and scored again from deep, their back three running with real purpose and just before half-time, the East Yorkshire side made it four tries for a 25-3 interval lead.
And Driffield scored another try just after the break when Horden were caught asleep after a quick line-out just outside the away 22.
To Horden’s credit, they showed chararcter to keep on playing and had chances for tries from a five-metre scrum and an overlap in a three-quarter move only to squander both.