HUDDERSFIELD TOWN made their exit from the FA Cup, losing 2-1 to Tommy Docherty’s top flight Chelsea outfit after a tight third round contest at Leeds Road.
After taking the lead in the 26th minute, Town conceded just before the break, and then went behind inside ten minutes of the second half.
Scotland international Eddie McCreadie was the man at fault when Town scored the opener as the left back missed an interception allowing Mike Hellawell to cross for Tony Leighton to score with a header from close range.
Town didn’t hold their lead for long however, as a powerful run from Bobby Tambling resulted in an equaliser for the London side.
There was a tussle in the Town goalmouth and with Derek Parkin trying to clear the ball away from the goal-line, Peter Houseman was there to stab the ball home.
Chelsea’s second came just eight minutes into the second half, with Tambling again the key man.
A mix-up in the Town defence saw goalkeeper John Oldfield impeded by one of his teammates, and in the confusion Tambling coolly slotted the ball home.
The match was a diversion from Town’s battle to win promotion and it was the home side who threatened early on, albeit with efforts from range.
However, in the 14th minute Chelsea thought they had scored, but for the well-positioned Parkin who cleared the ball off the line.
Tempers began to flare as both sides grew increasingly frustrated at the lack of goal-scoring opportunities.
As the game drew to a close, and with Town looking at a cup exit, they thought they had managed to force an equaliser, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti.
Town: Oldfield, Parkin, Cattlin, Nicholson, Coddington, Meagan, Hellawell, Smith, Leighton, Dobson, Hill. Substitute: Clarke.
Chelsea: Bonetti, Thomson, McCreadie, Hollins, Hinton, Harris, Cooke, Tambling, Baldwin, Boyle, Houseman. Substitute: Hateley.