LUKE KELLY cracked a classy hat trick as Huddersfield Dragons Men’s Thirds bagged a 5-2 win against Sheffield in Yorkshire League Division III.
Dragons started the stronger and had two short corners early on but were denied, while Sheffield had two good chances, but were denied both times by wonderful reaction saves from Jack Canham.
However, the pressure led to the visitors scoring a goal, but Huddersfield hit back immediately with a fantastic solo effort from captain Brett Kullar.
The rest of the first half was fairly uneventful, until a Hallam short corner found the bottom corner as they took a 2-1 lead into the break.
Dragons changed things up for the second half with the pairing of Kelly and Kullar working wonderfully well.
Kelly slid a searching pass through to Kullar to set up his second goal before Kelly added another to take a 3-2 lead after pouncing on a mistake from the Sheffield sweeper.
At the other end keeper Canham was called into action again and his incredible acrobatics prevented Sheffield from equalising.
A mesmerising run from Kullar was finished by Kelly poaching at the back post, and he finished the match with another classy finish from close range to seal the points, and his own hat trick.
Dragons IV 3
Ben Rhydding VI 3
DRAGONS fought hard to gain a point and were within an inch of a victory in a game that saw their unbeaten record continue.
Ben Rhydding caught Huddersfield off guard and the Dragons were two down within the first ten minutes, but they pulled a goal back from a short corner routine with Mike Pogson finishing well.
At the beginning of the second half Rhydding scored again.
However, the Dragons showed great spirit to get back into the game. A flick from ben Foo and a goal by Mike Greenberry saw them pull level.
Continued pressure followed, although the Dragons could not find a winner.
In the last minute a Rhydding foot on the line prevented a goal and resulted in a flick, but the keeper saved the penalty and Dragons had to settle for a draw.
Huddersfield Dragons V 1
City Of York VII 2
AFTER two narrow wins in a row, Dragons found themselves second in the league.
However, against York, Huddersfield enjoyed most of the possession but the score remained goalless at half-time.
York took the lead when a good strike from the edge of the ‘D’ just made it over the goal line, but Dragons equalised with a move down the right, involving Paul Barker, Jerry Turner and Conrad Dales before Harry Cooper got the vital touch at the far post.
Huddersfield were not able to reproduce the same standard of approach-play and York regained the lead with a fortunate ricochet.
The Dragons pressed for an equaliser, but it wasn’t their day and just to rub it in the floodlights went out around 30 seconds after the final whistle, leaving players and spectators in total darkness.