HUDDERSFIELD registered their first win in three with a well deserved 2-1 victory away to Leeds Carnegie.
After two consecutive defeats training has concentrated on improved movement and use of the ball, and the opening 10 minutes were a perfect example of the fast paced attacking hockey that Huddersfield have shown when at their best this season. The angle of attack was switched from left to right and Simon Courtney exploited the space and burst down the wing to deliver an inch perfect cross to Martin Hirst to deflect past the Leeds keeper.
Leeds were not behind for long as a fine save from Paul Howarth rebounded back to the Leeds striker for a second chance which he gratefully planted inside the right hand post.
The second half started as the first with Huddersfield dominating possession and they got their deserved reward when a great run and shot from leading scorer Greg Moorhouse flew past the despairing keeper.
Both defences were then dominant for a period led by excellent tackling from man-of-the-match Adrian Hannam.
If it wasn’t for an inspired Leeds goalkeeper Huddersfield would have run away with the match. As it was a goalline clearance from Mike Peachey was the only thing that stopped Leeds getting what would have been a point from the game.
Team Howarth, Courtney, Ross, Hannam, Gregory, Kaye, Kelly, Moorhouse, Peachey, Rogers, Hirst, Durrans, Lovatt.
York 4 Huddersfield III 4
HUDDERSFIELD maintained their nine-game unbeaten run – but they had to fight hard, coming from behind three times to secure a point.
Having lost to York at home earlier in the season Huddersfield knew what to expect, but it still took them most of the first half to wake up to the danger and were soon 2-0 down.
Joe Cooper pulled one back, but another short corner goal left Huddersfield trailing 3-1 at the break.
John Walker pulled back another goal when he outfoxed the keeper, while Cooper brought them level after a Craig Hindmarsh shot was stopped on the goalline by a foot resulting in a penalty flick which Cooper put away.
York scored 10 minutes from the end, but Walker earned a point with his second goal.
Team: McCallum, Hamed, Cooper (D), Abbey, Taylor, Moscrop, Hindmarsh, Swindells, Kullar, Blank, Walker, Cooper (J).
Lockwood Pk Dragons 6 Berwick 2
DRAGONS dominated this clash from the outset, with Sarah Blackburn pouncing on a rebound to slip past a stranded keeper early in the game. And with two goals apiece from Nicky Turner and Amanda Sowerby in the first half, Lockwood were never threatened.
In the second half Michelle Dexter, returning from injury, roofed the ball into the top of the Berwick net to make it 6-0, and although Berwick rallied with a couple of late consolation strikes it did not detract from a polished all-round team performance which ensures Dragons continue to climb up the North Premier Division.
Team: Townsend, Gerrard, Davies, Smeaton, Hester, Benson, Fillingham, Blackburn, Hough, Turner, Sowerby, Dexter.
Leeds Uni VI 5 Huddersfield V 5
CONRAD DALES celebrated the birth of his daughter Anya with four superbly-taken goals at Leeds University.
Unfortunately, they were not enough to secure all three points, after the proud father gave his side the lead twice.
Leeds continued to hit back and went into a 4-3 lead. Dales’ fourth strike levelled the game, and after the Uni team went in front again, Pogson earned a point with a late leveller.
Team: Durrant, Wood, Ridings, Maddocks, Reed, Boyle, Pogson, Laithwaite, Shimmel, Golds, Dales, Gardner.