Huddersfield Town nostalgia: Terriers halt Tottenham Hotspur’s run

TOWN ended Tottenham Hotspur’s run of eight straight victories with a 3-2 triumph at Leeds Road.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN ended Tottenham Hotspur’s run of eight straight victories with a 3-2 triumph at Leeds Road.

The Terriers raced into a three-goal lead courtesy of goals from Jimmy Glazzard, Harold Hassall and Vic Metcalfe.

Spurs rallied and gave the home side a scare with two quick-fire goals but Town survived to claim the points.

Home goalkeeper Jack Wheeler replaced the injured Harry Mills for this clash to make his second appearance of the season.

Huddersfield started brightly with Eddie Boot trying his luck from distance, but it drifted a couple of yards wide of the post.

John McKenna then almost opened the scoring but he couldn’t connect properly with a Metcalfe cross.

After 15 minutes, Glazzard gave Town a deserved lead with what the Huddersfield Examiner reporter Aquila described as a ‘splendid goal.’

Glazzard expertly beat Clarke with a clever back heel and slipped the ball past Ditchburn.

The home team nearly doubled their lead midway through the first half when Albert Nightingale struck the crossbar.

Tottenham responded with a chance of their own but Terriers stopper Wheeler made a brilliant save to deny Duquemin at the other end.

The save by Wheeler proved to be pivotal as just a minute later Town did find the second goal.

A fast, flowing move involving Metcalfe and McKenna was finished by Hassall who drove the ball into the back of the net.

The tempo of the game was breathtaking and it was Spurs who were finding it difficult to get out of their own half with the pace and movement of Town’s play causing numerous problems.

As half-time grew closer, Metcalfe and Hassall both came close and Spurs continued to be frustrated when Don McEvoy recovered well to prevent an away goal to earn the warm applause of the Town faithful before the break.

The Terriers began the second half where they left off the first and should have put Spurs out of sight as McKenna hit the upright after Glazzard beat Clarke with a piece of trickery.

However, on 49 minutes, Town found that crucial third goal.

John Battye switched play from right to left to Nightingale, who fed Metcalfe to flash the ball past Ditchburn.

The game appeared out of reach for Tottenham but they showed the quality that had led them to the impressive run of results.

Nicholson fired in from long range and then Walters forced the ball over the line after a swift counter-attack.

The visitors grew in confidence and sensed the nerves amongst the home supporters.

A hectic spell of play saw Wheeler tip-over the bar from Duquemin and Bennett should have equalised when in front of goal.

And Spurs came agonisingly close as Town tried to see out the remaining minutes.

A goal-mouth scramble saw the crossbar rattled and Wheeler did well to force the ball away from goal as the home defence began to panic and there was a huge sigh of relief around Leeds Road as the final whistle sounded.

 
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