HUDDERSFIELD were blown away in the first of two crucial back-to-back games against top of the league Brigg.
While the 5-4 scoreline suggests a nail-biting encounter, in reality Huddersfield were 5-1 down at one stage and only added some respectability late in the game.
Greg Moorhouse opened the scoring for Huddersfield, only for Brigg to hit back within three passes of the restart. And worse was to come when Huddersfield surrendered possession twice giving Brigg the chance to open up a 3-1 lead.
Huddersfield still had hope of getting back into the match after the break, but it quickly disappeared as Brigg tapped in from close range after a brilliant double save from keeper Howarth, and then a free shot from the edge of the D left him stranded for a second and Brigg’s fifth.
With 20 minutes left Huddersfield put on extra forwards and smart finishes from Moorhouse and Steve Durrans sparked the visitors into life.
Brigg began to look rattled and when Will Rogers burst through and picked out Martin Hirst to slide one into the bottom corner there was a sniff of a comeback.
But in the end the clock beat Huddersfield’s efforts, who must now take the last 20 minutes into this weekend’s return fixture if they are to stay in touch with the title race.
Team: Howarth, Courtney, Ross, Hannam, Gregory, Kaye, Kelly, Moorhouse, Durrans, Rogers, Hirst, Lovall.
Gainsborough 1 Huddersfield III 4
HUDDERSFIELD were expecting a tough afternoon at third-placed Gainsborough and it was the home side who started off strongly forcing Chris Bailley into some excellent saves. However, Huddersfield broke through on 15 minutes when, after good work from John Walker and John Moscrop, the ball was fed to Jonny Beaumont, who calmly slotted home.
Rich Greenough on debut and Dan Cooper helped keep Gainsborough at bay until the 25th minute when the home side levelled, but Moscrop converted from a short corner and just before the break Beaumont notched his second and the team’s third.
Huddersfield then weathered the early second half storm from Gainsborough and midway through the half Beaumont completed his hat trick to put the game beyond doubt.
Solid defence from James Taylor and Amjid Hamed kept the home side out for the remainder of the game.
Team: Bailley, Hamed, Greenough, Cooper, Taylor, Moscrop, Hindmarsh, Swindells, Kullar, Walker, Beaumont.
Huddersfield VI 1 Thirsk II 1
DESPITE hammering Thirsk 7-4 three weeks ago, Huddersfield knew this would not be an easy game, and so it proved.
The defensive line of Stansfield, Barker, Flavin and Moorhouse worked well with Charlesworth to deny Thirsk anything in the first half, while Chris Parkes put Huddersfield ahead after Selwyn Wynter stole the ball in midfield, carried on by Dan Stolworthy, who gave the final pass to Parkes.
Thirsk changed their formation after the break, and with 10 minutes remaining equalised.
Team: Moorhouse, Stansfield, Barker (P), Flavin, Humphries, Lee, Stolworthy, Wynter, Alexander, Parkes, Barker (J), Dwyer, Charlesworth.