Hockey: Positive start for Huddersfield Dragons
Jan 14 2010 by David Lockwood, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
HUDDERSFIELD Dragons are plotting an improved second half of the season as they take stock of what happened prior to Christmas.
Although two of the sides, the Men’s Second XI and the Ladies Third XI are both sitting in promotion spots there are plenty of things to work on elsewhere.
The club’s First XIs are both holding their own in mid-table, the Men currently fifth in North East Division II, but should probably have been higher having netted 47 goals, 21 of them from goal-scoring ace Jimmy Swinden. Unfortunately, they have leaked 51 goals at the other end.
Meanwhile, the ladies had a tough start, but finished before Christmas with a 3-1 win over City of York, and captain Liz Maddaford is looking forward to getting the second of the season under way in the same vein.
A couple of missed opportunities for the Ladies Seconds saw them finish the opening half of the season fourth in Division I, but with promotion still well within reach. Captain and prolific goalscorer Liz Green has scored 20 of the teams 43 goals, and will continue to lead by example when the season gets under way again.
The Men’s Seconds have not dropped a point since late October, while the Ladies Thirds are on a six-game winning streak in Yorkshire Division V to which they were promoted last season. The arrival of keeper Martin has had a positive impact and she will be a great asset in keeping their promotion spot.
With most leagues seeing only a handful of points difference between the top two and bottom two, there is still plenty for all sides to chase.
The plan for the Dragons in the second half of the season in the words of their head coach Andy Jackson’s is: “train hard, play hard, win something!”