A HOME 6-6 draw with Gateshead summed up Huddersfield men’s debut North Hockey League season. They are now the highest scorers in the division – but have also conceded the most goals!
Huddersfield found themselves under pressure from the start and it wasn’t long before Gateshead took the lead beating keeper McCallum at the near post.
From that point however, the half belonged to Huddersfield. Gregory, Beatson, Swinden and Hannam picked off almost all Gateshead’s long balls and Jimmy Swinden capitalised on a defensive error to equalise before Durrans smashed home to give them the lead.
Swinden missed an open goal before Fergal Keaveney, in his last match for Huddersfield, found Hirst to tip the ball past the keeper for 3-1 at half time.
Huddersfield continued their dominance into the second half as it threatened to turn into a rout, Swinden bagged two more for his hat trick, while Adam Fletcher scored his first goal for the club to make it 6-2, but then they inexplicably seemed to self-destruct.
Gateshead replied with two excellent strikes into the roof of the net made it 6-4 then a penalty flick was awarded and converted for 6-5, a then a well taken short corner evened it up at 6-6.
Team: McCallum, Beatson, Gregory, M Swinden, Keaveney, Kelly, Durrans, Courtney, Fletcher, J Swinden, Hirst, Hales, Barker
Sheffield Univ Bankers 1 Huddersfield Dragons II 4
THE men’s Second XI secured promotion on Saturday with four games left to play.
The purples started well but found themselves 0-1 down and despite a large amount of possession Huddersfield did look vulnerable to the break in the early stages and Cowden kept them in the game with some fine saves.
As the first half wore on Huddersfield dominated more and more but struggled to convert their chances. With only two minutes of the first half remaining Kullar struck a shot from the top of the D which was deflected in by a Sheffield defender, and with seconds left on the clock Kullar found himself one-on-one with the keeper and slotted the ball home coolly.
The second half saw a string full of chances went begging before Foster and then Lee sealed the three points needed to win the seconds back-to-back promotion.
They now require just seven points from 12 to guarantee top spot.
Huddersfield Dragons III 2 Leeds University IV 4
AN early start saw both teams affected by late withdrawals, but more important for Huddersfield was a lacklustre first half in which they failed to compete with a determined university outfit.
The makeshift Huddersfield attack of Kelly and Abbey produced some moments of pressure and Barker was unlucky in producing a fine double save from the opposition keeper.
However, the Leeds midfield and attack were too dynamic for a static Huddersfield defence, and at the interval the home team were two goals down, and soon afterwards conceded a third.
Abbey slotted in from close range after the initial strike from Kelly, but Leeds capitalised from defensive errors to run out 4-2 winners.
Leeds Met University V 12 Huddersfield Dragons IV 2
LEEDS Met came into this game heavy favourites for the Division V title and from the pushback they were looking to pile on the goals early against the Dragons, going two up in the first three minutes.
Ash Kundi in goal pulled off some awesome saves but Leeds Met were at another level.
Huddersfield Dragons V 5Slazengers III 1
A GOOD day in the end for the Fifth XI after three losses on the trot.
Mike Pogson hit an early brace and in the second half the home side continued to press and Ali Chaman finished a good move.
With a substitution pushing Laithwaite back up front he scored the fourth. Conrad scoring the team’s fifth.