HUDDERSFIELD Dragons Ladies second team had the best possible start to the season dominating their game against Ben Rhydding III to win 3-0.
Excellent play led to Liz Green converting a penalty corner to put the home side one up, she then capitalised on a cross from Sarah Walters to take them into the break 2-0 in front.
The visitors never looked like scoring and in the second half Huddersfield grew in confidence.
Newcomer Lucy Tootell made an excellent contribution in defence and Green added a third to make it a hat trick in the first game of the season.
Team: Creedon, Dunne, Tootell, Middleton, Stacey, Monchuk, McEwan, Walters, Bagshaw, Smeaton, Green, Dexter
Huddersfield Dragons III 1 Scarborough I 2
DRAGONS’ Ladies third team made a strong start, even though they were a player short, but struggled to put the ball in the net and at half-time the game was scoreless.
Huddersfield continued to dominate in the second half and scored the opening goal through Rebecca Brown. However, Scarborough equalised from a break down the right wing.
Dragons kept their cool and maintained a strong attack with numerous shots at goal but once again struggled to finish.
With only minutes to go, Scarborough had a second lucky break which resulted in a second goal, and the Dragons were out of time to make a come back.
Team: Thomas, Hamer, Bates, Roberts, Dutton, Fielding, Clapham, Brown, Morron, Armitage.
City of York III 2 Huddersfield Dragons II 2
HUDDERSFIELD went to York hoping for a flying start to their season, with promotion gained last season it was vital that it was best foot forward from the off, but the visitors were caught sleeping and it was York that struck first.
Dragons were back on even terms within 10 minutes from a penalty corner, finished by a crisp strike from Haigh.
The third goal of the game came after a patient build up from Haigh and Foster before the ball was centred and finished past the keepers outstretched left hand by Elson.
Dragons could have gone on and got a third and only good defending and goalkeeping prevented them, but with 10 minutes left York secured a draw, when a strike from the right-hand side of the D beat an outstretched left foot of Cowden.
Huddersfield Dragons III 2 Normandy Park I 8
HUDDERSFIELD came up against a strong and well-organised Normandy Park team for their first fixture and ended up well beaten.
The home team started slowly, failing to clear from defence, and committing far too many basic errors, and within 10 minutes were 3-0 down.
McCallum pulled off a string of good saves keeping Huddersfield in the game, and a change in midfield saw them battle back with a goals from Brett Kullar, and a second after a great individual run from Johnny Beaumont.
The recovery did not last into the second half as Normandy Park pushed forward scoring five more goals, as Huddersfield struggled to gain possession.
Huddersfield Dragons IV 2 City of York VII 2
THE Dragons started brightly, passing and moving the ball confidently and soon Sean Connell had put the away team ahead.
However, due to the Dragons pressing forward and York’s quick frontline the home side were dangerous on the counter attack and brought the scores level.
Huddersfield were again back on top as George Pritchard made a great run from left back to set up Connell for his second.
Unfortunately a mistake from Huddersfield again let York draw level just before the break and there were a few dropped heads at half time.
After the break Huddersfield were off the boil, but even then they were all over City of York and were very unlucky not to close the game out for a win.