Hockey: Keeper Creedon stars but Dragons defeated
Oct 7 2009 by David Lockwood, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
HUDDERSFIELD Ladies fell to a second-half breakaway goal as they went down 2-1 to Broom in the Women’s North Division I hockey clash at Lockwood Park.
In what was a close match, Broom took the lead from a penalty corner and held it until the interval.
The Dragons picked up after a rallying half-time team talk and Rebecca Durrans made a courageous run from the halfway line, smashing the ball into the circle to find the stick of Amanda Sowerby and, consequently, the back of the net.
Dogged work from the Huddersfield defence, where Liz Maddaford spent a strong second half, and a surge in the forward line assisted by the presence of Laura Thomas, kept the scores even.
However, Dragons’ defence were then caught on the back foot and the away side scored a well-worked goal to seal the win. Goalkeeper Ash Creedon was voted player-of-the-match.
Team: Creedon, Maddaford, Benson, Fillingham, Thomas, Dobson, Tootell, Durrans, Sowerby, Higginbottom, Longstaff, Hough
Tadcaster 3 Huddersfield Dragons II 1
DEFINITELY a game of two halves for Huddersfield who found themselves half asleep and caught on the back foot in the first half of their first away game of the season.
Tadcaster came out firing on all cylinders and Huddersfield didn’t seem to be able to find any answers and went into the break with 3-0 down.
Dragons showed more fire in the second half with strong attacks built from the back, but they were unable to capitalise until Green converted a penalty corner.
Team: Townend, Dunne, Middleton, Stacey, Monchuk, Hargreaves-Brown, Smeaton, Walters, Bagshaw, Green, Dexter
Lockwood Park Dragons III 1
Otliensians II 0
AFTER a disappointing start to the season the Dragons III were determined to come away from their first home fixture with a win, and their decision to make anŠ alteration to their usual playing formation paid off early in the first half when Dutton scored.
Otliensians made some good counter attacks but never really troubled the Dragons defence.
In the second half the home defence and midfield continued to play some excellent hockey, while DuttonŠmade a number of good runsŠsupportedŠ by Hemsley and Clapham.
Player-of-the match Morroll swept the ball of the line late on to preserve the Dragons lead.
Team: Willams, McCallum, Smith, Hamer, Carter, Morroll, Hemsley, Bailey, Bates, Fielding, Dutton, Clapham.
Huddersfield Dragons Men 3
Wakefield II 4
HUDDERSFIELD tasted defeat in their first home game of the season in a thriller at Lockwood Park.
Dragons had several early chances but Wakefield took the lead when they broke from midfield, and although the Lockwood Park side had plenty of the play they were often caught by the visitors’ ability to get the ball forward quickly and bypass Huddersfield’s midfield.
The teams were soon on level terms when captain Kelly burst through and shot through the legs of the keeper and Lovatt added a second from a short corner shot.
However, Wakefield responded straight away and scored an excellent shot into the roof of the net and then a third as Huddersfield failed to clear a Wakefield attack.
The majority of the second half was controlled by Huddersfield but they were unable to beat the Wakefield keeper until eventually Lovatt converted a penalty flick for his second.
But Huddersfield were unable to find a goal after that and missed chances at both ends kept the scores level until Wakefield broke Huddersfield’s resilient defence to snatch the victory.
Man of the of the match was Mark Swinden and the rest of defence deserved more for their display.
Team: Howarth, Beatson, Swinden (M), Hannam, Gregory, Buckley, Courtney, Lovatt, Kelly, Hirst, Foster, Durrans, Keaveney
Wakefield III 1
Huddersfield Dragons II 0
THE Men’s Seconds travelled over to Wakefield and started the stronger.
Huddersfield had a succession of five penalty corners but were not clinical and squandered their opportunities.
Wakefield offered little in attack and when they did break it was broken up quickly by a well drilled dragon’s defence, with man-of-the-match James Dobson leading the way.
Changes at half time left the Dragons starting the second half on the back foot, handing the impetus to Wakefield, and they penetrated the Huddersfield defence to take the lead.
Huddersfield Dragons III 4
Wakefield IV 2
THE third team continued to build on their good performance at Doncaster as they came up against unbeaten Wakefield.
They started off very brightly and controlled possession with excellent work from Kullar and Connell up front giving Huddersfield several opportunities to score from penalty corners, but they were initially unable to convert.
The deadlock was broken after 10 minutes when a penalty corner following another skilful run from Kullar was awarded and converted by Connell, and Kullar added a second from an excellent pass from Blackburn.
Wakefield increased the pressure and put away two quick goals before half time but Huddersfield regained their composure and although reduced to 10 men, Beaumont worked an excellent goal to take the lead, while Connell deflected a Kullar shot to seal the victory.
Harrogate III 3
Huddersfield Dragons IV 0
A frustrating away game for the Dragons resulted in their first loss of the season.
Harrogate started strongly and took the lead despite an excellent initial save by goalkeeper Baillie.
The second half was a more even affair but the more experienced Harrogate side was able to capitalise on the Dragons lack of shape at times and scored twice more to put the game beyond reach.
Huddersfield Dragons V 0
Harrogate IV 0
HUDDERSFIELD failed to take their chances in a decent game at Lockwood Park.
Although both sides shared possession Huddersfield will feelŠthey should have won the game.
After a rallying half-time team talk Huddersfield continued their dominance with a bright start but were still unable to find the back of the net as the game ended goalless.