Hockey: Huddersfield Dragons’ fire extinguished
Oct 14 2009 by David Lockwood, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
HUDDERSFIELD Dragons Ladies first team were rendered toothless as they crashed 5-0 at Bolton in their second successive North I League defeat.
They struggled to find their feet from the start and that led to a scrappy first Bolton goal, followed by another before the break.
The second half saw the Dragons come out looking like they had more to give, and Kelly Fillingham’s distribution in midfield and Michelle Dexter’s intelligent running led to several attempts on goal – but the ball never found the net!
Bolton packed out the ‘D’ for a third goal, hit the net again with an impressively angled strike, and added a fifth in the final minute.
Huddersfield Dragons II 4 LA Carnegie III 0
THIS was a fine performance by the Huddersfield side in which they showed grit and determination to take the three points from the Yorkshire Division I fixture.
The opposition came out fast but the Dragons stood firm in defence and kept Carnegie at bay in a scoreless first half.
After the restart, the home side took command. Dexter and Green both scored goals from well-worked penalty corners and then both added one more apiece from open play.
If Dragons continue to perform as they have been doing they could be a force to be reckoned with.
Team: Townend, Dunne, Middleton, Stacey, Monchuk, Hargreaves-Brown, Di Napoli, McEwan, Walters, Bagshaw, Green, Dexter
Ben Rhydding 1 Dragons III 4
THE Ladies third team travelled to Bradford looking to build on their win of the previous week and they were on fire taking a 4-0 lead in the first half.
The first goal came from a penalty corner when Fielding found Hamer who left the goalkeeper standing with a straight strike.
Hamer was also involved in the second when she blocked a Rhydding attack sending the ball wide to Thomas who made a great run before delivering a fine cross to Bland who put the ball in the back of the net.
There was no stopping the Dragons with Bland scoring her second and Dutton making it four before leaving the pitch through injury.
Team: Martin, Smith, Hamer, Carter, Roberts, Fielding, Bates, Bailey, Bland, Dutton, Thomas
Huddersfield Dragons II 4 Sheffield Hallam IV 1
AN emphatic first 20 minutes secured Dragons their second win of the season and moved them to third in Yorkshire Division II.
After only five minute, Foo pounced on a defensive blunder to slot the ball past the Hallam keeper from five yards.
Huddersfield kept the pressure on rarely allowing Sheffield to venture out of their own half.
The second came minutes later, Hallam’s 16-yard hit was intercepted in midfield, the ball was transferred to Foo who struck low and hard to the keepers right, and the man-of-the-match completed his hat trick 10 minutes later.
The game was effectively over when Huddersfield added their fourth just before the break from a penalty corner which found Haigh alone on the penalty spot and he took his tally for the season to three in four.
Sheffield changed their formation at half time and did get a consolation, but with the Dragons improving week on week, this could be another good year.
Slazengers II 1 Huddersfield Dragons III 3
HUDDERSFIELD arrived at Slazengers confident after two recent victories, and started sharply, with crisp passing, and Brett Kullar opened the scoring with Lee Maddaford later adding a second from a penalty corner strike that sped through the legs of the opposition goalkeeper.
The second half saw the opposition come out in more determined fashion, and Huddersfield fell into bad habits of long ball tactics, all too often giving possession away and a soft goal.
However, Huddersfield were awarded another penalty corner that was kicked off the line by a Slazengers defender resulting in a flick that Chris Abbey converted.
Huddersfield Dragons IV 5 King Cross I 1
THE first home game of the season proved a good test for the young Dragons development side as King Cross brought with them a physical reputation. But Dragons were more than able to stand up to the challenge and were able to consistently display a higher level of skill and fitness over their rivals.
Ten minutes into the game the Dragons took a lead they were never going to relinquish through a goal from man-of-the-match Chris Parkes. Luke Kelly then bagged the Dragons second goal and the half-time lead.
After the break it was again one-way traffic and the Dragons extended their lead beyond King Cross’ reach through goals from Kelly, George Pritchard and Parkes with his second. King Cross did score a consolation but it did not detract from the first league victory of the season for the fourths.
Team: Baillie, Flavin, Kelly L, Kelly J, Jones, Dodson, Pritchard, Greenhough, Gardner, Parkes, Saxelby, Batty, Walker, Waterhouse
Halifax IV 3 Huddersfield Dragons V 3
AN inspired comeback secured an important point as Huddersfield came from three goals behind, and they will feel they should have won the game.
Halifax scored against the run of play as Huddersfield had dominated the game, but failed to clear the ball.
After the goal Huddersfield’s attack created opportunities with Halifax twice clearing off their goal line.
Huddersfield were soon three down in a short period of time as Halifax scored twice from the restart.
The game seemed over when Gary Clarke scored a tap-in, but moments later a great attacking move saw right back Justin Whittle score a second.
With belief now high, Huddersfield scored again as Conrad Dales struck the ball into the bottom right corner from a short corner to earn a draw.