HUDDERSFIELD wasted an opportunity to close the gap on the Yorkshire Premier League hockey frontrunners when they struggled to earn a 2-2 draw against bottom club Boston Spa.
The visitors started sluggishly, although they did open the scoring with a goal from Greg Moorhouse and still held the lead at the interval thanks to some good saves from keeper and man-of-the-match Paul Howarth.
The second half started well with a second goal fro Simon Courtney who volleyed in at the far post, but from that point it all started to fall apart for Huddersfield.
Rob Kelly went off injured, while Joey Presto was sin-binned after a dispute with the umpire and Boston Spa hit back straight away, and then equalised as Huddersfield’s defence began to struggle with the increasing pressure.
When they were back to full strength Huddersfield did manage to create several half chances but lacked composure in the final third, and in the end were relieved when a Boston strike hit the post late in the game but came out to safety.
Team: Howarth, Ross, Hannam, Peachey, Presto, Gregory, Kelly, Courtney, Kaye, Hirst, Rogers, Moorhouse.
Huddersfield IV 2 Sheffield Hallam VI 0
THIS was another good passing performance from Huddersfield’s fourth string.
The result was rarely in doubt after Aidan Blackburn’s strike had put them ahead, but Huddersfield failed to keep up the pressure when they were well on top.
Nicky Elson scored the second, while Elliot Dodson was man-of-the-match after a good performance in midfield.
Lancaster 2 Lockwood Dragons 3
DRAGONS’ excellent recent form continued with a splendid ‘battle of the Roses’ victory over Lancaster.
The visitors were on the board after just three minutes when a well-worked short corner routine from Amanda Sowerby was parried by the keeper and pounced on by Sarah Blackburn.
Fired up, Dragons went on to dominate the first half with well-taken goals from Alice Cowdell nutmegging the keeper and Sowerby deflecting a strike from another short corner.
Lancaster hit back in the second half when, on a difficult, uneven, floodlit pitch, they scored twice from short corners, but were then kept out by keeper Bex and defender Laura Bailey.
The victory sets Dragons up nicely for this weekend’s double header when they entertain Didsbury in the League and Leeds Adel in the Cup on Sunday.
Team: Bex, Gerrard, Smith, Cowdell, Bailey, Fillingham, Dexter, Sowerby, Blackburn, Armitage, Louise.
Lockwood Pk Dragons III 1 Leeds Uni IV 2
DRAGONS’ third string were visited by Leeds University and played some excellent hockey, only to lose the game by the odd goal in three.
Leeds scored early in the first half but that was cancelled out by Mariella Dobson who finished off a rebound following a strike from Gwen Thomas at the start of the second period.
It looked as though Dragons would hold on for the draw, but in the last 10 minutes Leeds won a short corner from which they scored the winner.
Roisheen McEwan was Lockwood’s player-of-the-match for her support to both defence and forwards from midfield.
Team: McCallum, McEwan, Thomas, Moorhouse, Noakes, Mallinson, Sunderland, Bland, Dobson, Carr, Haigh, Creedon.