A CONFIDENT Huddersfield Dragons hockey second team were left scratching their heads in disappointment.
They were 3-0 up against Harrogate II but let the lead slip through their fingers and finally crashed to a 4-3 defeat.
Dragons began solidly, having had two successive wins along with clean sheets, and they could not have wished for a better start as Ed Shimmel ran down the left and rifled a shot into the top corner.
And they were soon two up when a great run by captain Oli Clark cut open the Harrogate defence and he slipped the ball past the on-rushing keeper.
Another great Clark run resulted in a penalty corner which he converted to make it 3-0 and high-flying Harrogate were clearly shell-shocked.
But they quickly reorganised and began to put together some good passages of play, pulling one goal back and then, with Dragons ‘switching off,’ added another.
The game was end to end in the second half, and although Clark opened up Gate’s defence on several occasions Dragons were unable to add to their tally before the visitors levelled and then went ahead.
Dragons V 4 City of York VIII 1
DRAGONS scored four but could have had a hat full had it not been for a keeper who played out of his skin – and then admitted he had never played in goal before!
The home side made a good start with Mike Pogson setting up Conrad Dales for the opening goal, who then added a second, this time from Carl Bland.
York showed they were dangerous on the break, but couldn’t break through Dragons’ defence and found themselves three down soon after the break when Pogson netted.
York pulled one back from a short corner which gave them some self-belief, but Dales soon restored Dragons advantage when completing his hat trick.
Team: Renfrey, Ridings, Foo, Wood, Donvan, Saxelby, Pogson, Bland, Maddocks, Dales, Clarke, Chaman, Laithwaite.
Chapeltown II 1 Dragons Ladies III 4
THIS was a first meeting between these two sides this season and Dragons were keen to impose their authority on top-of-the-table Chapeltown.
Good work between McCallum, Bland and Walters ended with Thomas beating the home keeper for the first goal and Chapeltown were well and truly rattled when Walters bagged a second.
The Dragons remained focused in the second half, supporting each other in defence, until unluckily a McCallum save hit the post and onto her foot, conceding a penalty flick which they converted.
But in Chapeltown’s desperation to find an equaliser, Dragons found more space and Bates and Hamer scored.
Team: Todd, McCallum, Hamer, Tunbridge, Carter, Bakes, Marland, Fielding, Walters, Bland, Lawton, Thomas.