IRRESPECTIVE of what happens over the last three League games of their National II North season, Huddersfield Rugby Union Club’s first team have had a great season.
They may have suffered a bit of a hiccup in recent weeks, winning only once and drawing two games from their last seven fixtures, but they could still be in with an outside chance of the play-offs if they can win their final three League games – as well as defending their Yorkshire Cup crown starting at Old Brodleianstomorrow night (6.30).
But whatever the outcome of their visit to Nuneaton next week, followed by home games against Preston Grasshoppers and Stockport on the following two Saturdays, they are well set to finish in their highest-ever position in the National League structure.
And that is surely testament to the excellent work being done at the club by head coach Dan Hyde and his assistant Ian Shuttleworth, and is also a terrific tribute to the first team squad, many of whom are still young enough to play a big part in the club’s future for years to come.
There’s no denying they were well beaten by Luctonians seven days ago, but when one considers the absence of the Paxman twins, Lee and Ben, along with Mike Clarke in the back division, coupled to the loss of Lee Brown, Ben Morrill, Laurence Sanderson and the limited use of experienced but unwell prop Tony Stringwell up front, then it’s little surprise Huddersfield were ‘creaking’ in certain areas of the field.
“We are certainly struggling with injuries at the moment, with several important players missing, and a few others carrying knocks, but then I’m sure plenty other teams are having similar problems at this stage of the season,” commented Hyde.
Lee Paxman is unlikely to feature again this season following a serious shoulder injury, while Morrill also had a shoulder operation, but then went over and broke an ankle and is now on crutches, and obviously he too won’t be donning a shirt any time soon.