Huddersfield Dragons have fired up their fight for survival by hitting two teams for six in the North Hockey League Men’s Division II East.
Playing two home games over the weekend, the Dragons beat fellow strugglers Marton Furness 6-1 to move off the bottom of the table and then lifted themselves out of the two relegation slots with a 6-1 victory over Driffield.
Their climb away from trouble could continue this Saturday as they face Kingston-upon-Hull at Lockwood Park (1.30) where a win would lift them to fourth bottom.
Dragon’s Ladies first team got their season back on track with a 4-3 win in a fiercely competitive home game against Driffield.
Dragons got off to a good start with some attacking play down the right side from Hester Longstaff and Liz Pryde-Fillingham.
The opening goal came when the ball was fired into the ‘D’ where Kelly Pryde-Fillingham pounced to sweep home a shot, but Driffield got a goal back with a scrappy effort from a rebounded short corner.
Dragons continued to dominate play and scored again in the first half with combination play from Laura Parker and Sacha Hateley-Lowe leading to Nicky Turner scoring.
After half-time Dragons increased their intensity and their efforts were rewarded with a third goal with Hateley-Lowe on hand with a diving effort to make sure a rebounded shot crossed the line.
With 10 minutes to go the home side looked comfortable but against the run of play Driffield scored two good goals on the counter-attack.
The contest became a little frantic with both teams desperate to win, but Dragons defence and keeper Alex Creedon held firm and in the last few minutes Laura Parker launched a perfectly-weighted ball towards the post which was deflected into the top corner by Turner to seal a well-deserved win for the home side.
Huddersfield Dragons: Creedon, Parker, Matthews, Graham, Bower, K Pryde-Fillimgham, L Pryde-Fillingham, Bacon, Durrans, Longstaff, Turner, Hately-Lowe
North League, Division II East: Huddersfield Dragons 6 Marton Furness 1, Huddersfield Dragons 6 Driffield 1 (played Sunday)
Yorkshire League, Division Two: Huddersfield Dragons II 3 Brigg II 1
Division III: Sheffield Hallam V 12 Huddersfield Dragons III 0
Division V North: Huddersfield Dragons IV 3 Leeds Adel IV 0
Development Division: City of York IX v Huddersfield Dragons VI– postponed
North League, Division II South East: Huddersfield Dragons 4 Driffield 3
Yorkshire League, Division II: Huddersfield Dragons II 2 Leeds University IV 1
Division III: Cleckheaton 0 Harrogate IV 0, Horsforth 3 Colne Valley 5, Leeds Adel III 1 Canalside Terriers 2, Pocklington 1 Heckmondwike 4
Division IV: Bradford 9 Huddersfield Ladies 2
Division VI North: Airedale II 1 Huddersfield Dragons III 2
North League, Division II East: Huddersfield Dragons v Doncaster (Lockwood Park 1.30)
Yorkshire League, Division Two: Huddersfield Dragons II – no game
Division III: Huddersfield Dragons III – no game
Division V North: Acomb II v Huddersfield Dragons IV (Energise Sports Centre 1.30)
Development Division: Huddersfield Dragons VI v Bradford V (Lockwood Park 3.0)
North League, Division II South East: Doncaster v Huddersfield Dragons (Doncaster Town Fields Sport Club 12.0)
Yorkshire League, Division II: Huddersfield Dragons II v City of York III (Lockwood Park 12.0)
Division III: Cleckheaton v Pocklington (Heckmondwike Grammar School 10.30), Colne Valley – no game, Canalside Terriers – no game, Harrogate IV v Heckmondwike (Granby Hockey Centre 3.0)
Division IV: City of York IV v Huddersfield Ladies (Canon Lee School 12.30)
Division VI North: Slazengers IV v Huddersfield Dragons III (Slazengers Sports Club 10.30)