Huddersfield Dragons battle at Ben Rhydding
Ben Rhydding VI 2
Huddersfield Dragons Men V 0
IT WAS always going to be a tough task going away to play the top of the table, but Huddersfield fifths were determined to try to do their own fourth team a favour, as the clubmates were sitting in second place, just one point behind opponents Ben Rhydding in the table.
The Ilkley team were missing some of their younger players, so their line-up had a more experienced look about it, while for their part the Dragons arrived earlier than usual and even managed to warm-up their keeper before the game.
Ben Rhydding soon showed why they were having such a successful season, attacking at pace and moving the ball quickly around the pitch.
Huddersfield managed to soak up the pressure and launch the occasional attack themselves but then disaster struck, for as the Huddersfield right-back went across to the left of the ‘D’ to clear the ball he lost his footing at exactly the wrong moment, presenting the ball to the centre forward who duly accepted the gift and scored.
Despite this setback the Dragons held firm and Foo almost converted a rare short corner, the ball just clearing the crossbar and landing on the roof of the net.
Ben Rhydding had far more of the possession but failed to penetrate the Huddersfield defence, winning only a single short corner themselves, leaving them 1-0 up at the break.
The pattern in the second half was not dissimilar to the first with Ben Rhydding playing the better hockey but the Dragons’ passing and marking improved noticeably as the game went on.
Captain Jerry Turner was unlucky to see a chance go narrowly wide but there was always the possibility that Huddersfield could pinch an equaliser.
However, the killer blow came late in the game when a fast Ben Rhydding attack found their centre-forward escaping the clutches of his marker and finishing from around the penalty spot.