Hockey: Huddersfield Dragons hit for six in Roses’ Den
Oct 27 2010 by David Lockwood, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
HUDDERSFIELD Dragons never recovered from a bad start as they crashed to a 6-3 defeat at Lincoln Roses in their latest North Men’s Hockey League Division II East game.
The Lockwood Park side were seeking a second successive victory, but as soon as they arrived at Lincoln it was clear this was going to be a tough game due to an unpredictable playing surface which made even the most basic stick skills appear very challenging.
Using the surface to their advantage, Roses were soon 3-0 up with Huddersfield still ‘on the bus’.
Lincoln continued to apply pressure and it was only thanks to man-of-the-match Bob McAllum that Huddersfield stayed in the contest.
Martin Hirst eventually provided Huddersfield with some hope just before half-time after receiving a pinpoint aerial pass from Jimmy Swinden in midfield which left him to round the keeper before hitting the ball reverse-stick in to the net.
Lincoln started strongly in the second half and made it 4-1, only for Huddersfield to reply with a perfectly-weighted pass from captain Rob Kelly through to Steve Durrans, who beat two players before striking home reverse-stick.
Roses scored again to make it five before Ed Shimmel broke from midfield and rode a brutal tackle which led to a penalty flick.
Kelly confidently slotted the ball home and Huddersfield continued to battle, but it was Lincoln who managed the only further score.
Huddersfield are ninth in the 12-team table ahead of Saturday’s home game against Northumbria St George’s, who are a place below them.
Team: McCallum, Peachey, Austerberry, Kaye, Buckley, Kelly, Pemberton, J Swinden, Hannam, Hirst, Durrans, Connell, Shimmel.
Harrogate IV 3 Huddersfield V 1
HUDDERSFIELD knew this would be a tough game against the Yorkshire Hockey League Division VI North leaders, and so it proved as the home side opened the scoring early in the game and went on to make it four wins from four matches.
Even so, Huddersfield equalised quickly with a break and strike from Gary Clarke, who maintained his record of scoring in every fifth-team game this season.
The rest of the half was pretty even, but Harrogate nicked a second goal on the stroke of half-time.
In the second half they did what they had done in previous encounters by packing their defence on relying on counter-attacks, one of which produced their third goal.
Team: Renfrey, Ridings, Foo, Donovan, Maddocks, Reed, Laithwaite, Bland, Greenberry, Pogson, Dales, Clarke.
Norton 2 Huddersfield 4
HUDDERSFIELD’S first team had an early shock when Norton scored from a penalty corner.
But Huddersfield were quick to respond, when Liz Maddaford drove through the middle and fired in a shot from the top of the D.
Norton regained the lead after a scramble in defence, but again Dragons came back fighting and player-of-the-match Hester Longstaff scored a fabulous goal from an unlikely angle to level the match just before half-time.
Huddersfield continued to dominate in the second half with great movement and passing, and despite going down to 10 players, they took the lead after a short corner goal by Bex Durrans.
Laura Benson saved Dragons by stopping a Norton shot on the line, and the visitors wrapped up the points when a determined run from Rebecca Brown found Nicci Bagshaw, who slotted the ball home for the fourth goal to keep Dragons joint-top of North-West Division I.