Huddersfield RU 14
(National North II)
A LATE penalty from stand-off Chris Johnson earned Huddersfield a bonus point from their testing trip to second-placed outfit Westoe.
After giving the home side a 15 point start it was always going to be a difficult task to pull something out of the fire, and credit must go to the Lockwood Park side for sticking to their game plan and putting pressure on the high-flying South Shields club.
Westoe took an early lead through fly-half Mark Bedworth’s fourth-minute penalty and looked set for a substantial tally when full-back Scott Jordan went over for a converted try after 16 minutes and followed up by a Bedworth try on 22 minutes.
The visitors got themselves back in the game however three minutes later, when Johnson cut away down the left and off-loaded to winger Simon Pratt to go over for a try wide out and cut the half-time deficit to 15-8. Johnson, having missed the conversion, added a late penalty.
Another penalty midway through the second half reduced the gap to four points and suddenly the home side were under pressure as Huddersfield sensed an upset with a little over 10 minutes remaining, but the home No8 Ben Morris scored his side’s second try from a pushover with seven minutes to go to virtually make the safe.
There was still time for Huddersfield to respond, which they duly did when they were awarded a late penalty, and Johnson took the opportunity to slot over his third spot kick of the game and secure a welcome bonus point against one of the league’s top sides.
Huddersfield: Owen; Hall, Clarke, B Paxman, Pratt, Johnson, Hinchliffe; Stringwell, Morrill, Davies, Brown, Rhodes, Hinchliff, Lewis, Sharpe. Subs: Hyde, Gough, Lancaster, Battye, Sutcliffe.