THE Halifax, Huddersfield Junior team responded to their opening day defeat by earning a draw with the Harrogate Union, whom they entertained at Outlane in the second Inter-Union clash of the year.
As pleasing as the 18-18 draw will be to team manager Tommy Ward and his senior counterpart Chris Mear, the result will be tinged with a slight disappointment the side were not able to complete a victory, especially after leading 9-3 after the morning Foursomes.
The Halifax, Huddersfield side could only manage three wins in the afternoon Singles, and one of those was a gift, as Harrogate could only muster 11 players, so home player Michael Thomas was given a walkover.
The other two wins came from Halifax’s Jamie Smith and Hanging Heaton’s Josh Morton, while there were halves from Huddersfield duo Tom Williams and Gary Moolman, along with Crosland Heath’s Jonathan Fleetwood.
The home side got away to the perfect start in the morning, when two Fixby players Tom Williams and Michael Major gave Halifax, Huddersfield a 2 & 1 win over Harrogate first string duo Henry Taylor and Will Rushworth.
And that was quickly followed by wins for Jamie Smith and Brad Hardcastle, who also won 2 & 1, while Ethan Shaw and Corey Avison pulled off a 4 & 3 triumph in their foursomes match.
Connah Judson and Josh Bailes gained a half to make the match score 7-1, and although Harrogate pulled two points back in the fifth pairing, the home Union were given a walkover on the final match-up.
And it all looked so promising when Halifax, Huddersfield’s lowest handicapper Smith (2.6) gave his side the perfect start to the Singles beating Bedale’s Taylor 1 up, but then with the exception of Williams’ half with Scott Brown, it began a procession of Harrogate winners, until Fleetwood and Moolman stopped the rot with a couple of half points, before Morton beat Adam Wade two up, and then Thomas’s walkover ensured honours would finish even.
“The lads played well in the morning, but then lost their way in the afternoon Singles and went to pieces,” admitted team manager Ward.
“That said, the Harrogate team were considerably lower handicapped man for man than our side, so the lads were up against it, and in the end a draw was not a bad result for us.”
The next match for the Juniors is against the East Riding at Bradley Hall, on Sunday, June 19.
Foursomes: (Huddersfield names first): Tom Williams and Michael Major bt Henry Taylor and Will Rushworth 2 & 1; Jamie Smith and Brad Hardcastle bt Scott Brown and James Rathbone 2 & 1; Ethan Shaw and Corey Avison bt Jack Kelley and Phil Tomkinson 4 & 3; Connah Judson and Josh Bailes halved with Jack Backhouse and Jason Taylor; Josh Morton and Michael Thomas lost to Tom Dunne and Kieran McGowan 4 & 3; Gary Moolman and Jonathan Fleetwood walkover.
Huddersfield 9 Harrogate 3.
Singles: Smith (Halifax) bt Taylor (Bedale) 1 up; Shaw (Marsden) lost to Rushworth (Pannal) 2 & 1; Williams (Huddersfield) halved with Brown (Oakdale); Major (Huddersfield) lost to Tomkinson (Otley) 5 & 4; Hardcastle (West End) lost to Taylor (Knaresborough) 3 & 2; Judson (Halifax) lost to Rathborne (Oakdale) 4 & 2; Avison (Marsden) lost to McGowan (Rudding) 1 down; Bailes (Bradley Hall) lost to Dunne (Pannal) 2 & 1;Fleetwood (Crosland Heath) halved with Backhouse (Knaresborough); Moolman (Huddersfield) halved with Kelley (Otley); Morton (Hanging Heaton) bt Wade (Otley) 2 up; Thomas (Outlane) walkover.
Huddersfield 9 Harrogate 15.
Result: Huddersfield 18 Harrogate 18.