Huddersfield Dragons nipped a potential losing streak in the bud as they overcame Brigg 4-1 away.
After a positive start to the season, the Dragons travelled to Brigg looking to bounce back after two defeats in Division II East of the North Hockey League and the task was made much tougher by the absence of five regular players, with a squad of only 12 making the trip.
The Dragons quickly settled, controlling possession and limiting Brigg to breaks down the wings that failed to develop into anything dangerous.
This control paid dividends as Greg Cooke opened the scoring from a short corner beating the Brigg keeper at the near post.
The second goal followed a few minutes later as Jimmy Swinden side-stepped his marker before rifling home from another successful short corner routine.
The Dragons then gave themselves breathing space after a terrific end-to-end move resulted in youngster Harry Cooper popping up unmarked at the back post to score his first goal at this level.
A controversial goal from Brigg brought the hosts back into the game at half-time at 3-1.
The second half was a test of character for the Dragons as Brigg enjoyed continued spells of possession, using their substitutes to good effect as the Dragons’ limited numbers took its toll on energy levels.
However, sterling defensive work from man-of-the-match Clem Gregory and the organisational work from Clark, ensured Brigg’spossession produced few chances.
The Dragons finished in style with a second goal for Cooke sealing victory for skipper Peter Lee’s men and keeping the Dragons in third place within striking distance of the top of the league.
The Dragons’ next fixture is against Richmond at Lockwood Park on Saturday (1.30).
Huddersfield Dragons: Canham, Clark, Austerberry, Hales, Gregory, Courtney, Lee, Pritchard, Swinden, Cooke, Goldsmith