HUDDERSFIELD claimed their first win in seven Northern Hockey League games with a good performance to defeat Durham City 3-1.
In the first half they looked solid at the back and in control, although the Durham keeper saved a number of shots – the best of which was tip onto the post from Pemberton.
As the half came to a close Durham won a short corner, converting the chance totally against the run of play to give them a 1-0 half time lead.
Huddersfield took the game to Durham in the second half with Jimmy Swinden finding another gear however the goal still didn’t come with more saves and Rob Kelly hitting the post.
Swinden equalised with a superb run around the keeper to slot into the empty net and quickly made it two, when they were down to 10 men with Kelly sin binned, as Fletcher slipped in Lovatt at the far post.
Durham were snuffed out by man-of-the-match Stuart Beatson, and the result was guaranteed when Swinden again drew the keeper and lifted the ball over him for Hirst to prod home from close range for a much-needed win.
Team: Howarth, Beatson, Buckley, Swinden (M), Courtney, Gregory, Fletcher, Kelly, Lovatt, Durrans, Swinden (J), Hannam, Hirst, Pemberton
Sheffield Hallam IV 1 Huddersfield Dragons II 2
THE seconds travelled to Sheffield Hallam knowing it was vital they came away with a win and after soaking up early pressure Dragons had the better chances in a goalless first half.
Sheffield started the second period the stronger and it didn’t take long for them to break the deadlock. A long ball broke the Huddersfield defence leaving a three-man rush on Cowden.
Huddersfield had to rely on a set piece to equalise, when Clark alone on the top of the circle crashed an open sided strike against the backboard.
From that point the impetus changed and 30 seconds left, Clark broke down the Hallam right, drove to the baseline before being fouled resulting in a penalty corner.
A special team set play left Haigh alone on the penalty spot, and he kept his composure flicking over a stranded Hallam keeper to seal the win.
Huddersfield Dragons III 4 Slazengers IV 2
THE thirds were delighted their game went ahead after the recent weather, but both Slazengers and Dragons showed a lack of game fitness.
Centre back Sandy Haigh went down in a challenge early on to be replaced by Dave Hales and the replacement himself was soon in trouble after an errant Slazengers stick smashed into his knee.
Despite the injuries at the back, the forwards pressed through with an early strike by Kelly breaking the deadlock.
After the break Slazengers hit back after Ben Foo put Huddersfield two goals up, before Beaumont made it 3-1 to Huddersfield. Elson picked up a yellow card for an off the ball incident, but a swift break from Slazengers brought the score back to 3-2 going into the final few minutes. A second goal for Beaumont, again after a long ball was threaded through, meant Huddersfield ran out winners.
Huddersfield Dragons V 3 Halifax IV 1
A BATTLE on two fronts against Halifax 4th team and the floodlights, which for the second week in a row went out as the game was about to get under way, delaying the start by 15 minutes.
Huddersfield started well, Gary Clarke scored an almost surreal goal as he rolled it into the net through the keepers pads, and were soon 2-0 up as Clarke and Dales combined well up front this time for Dales to score.
Dragons scored a third early in the second half, Dales on hand to put away a rebound, before Halifax rallied with a consolation goal.
Halifax III 7 Huddersfield Dragons VI 1
HUDDERSFIELD were looking for a strong team performance this week to make up for previous disappointments and started strongly, with Jamie Pimblett-Speck putting them 1-0 up, but the home side soon took command and Huddersfield found themselves cut to pieces.
Huddersfield Dragons 2 Bolton 3
DRAGONS took the game to their opposition with great passing and movement winning them a short corner with Kelly Fillingham capitalising on the early pressure with a strong strike from the top of the ‘D’.
The home side were unlucky to lose their lead soon after as Bolton scored from a goalmouth scramble and then despite some excellent hockey went behind when Bolton scored from a corner.
Huddersfield struck back as great linking between midfield and defence led to a gap through to Rebecca Durrans who showed no mercy with her shot to make it 2-2 at the break.
In the second period Bolton applied more pressure and the Dragons defence worked tirelessly but struggled to get the ball out of their half.
They did create one chance and had a goal disallowed, which turned out to be the crucial point in the match as the away team then went on to score from a quick free hit.
LA Carnegie III 3 Huddersfield Dragons II 4
DRAGONS Seconds travelled to Leeds on a cold and misty Sunday afternoon but it was certainly worth the effort as they came away with three points and promotion still within their sights.
They were rewarded early on with Michelle Dexter putting away a fine goal, only for Leeds to equalise soon after, but excellent running up front from Dexter and Nicci Bagshaw saw the Dragons take a 3-1 interval lead with goals from both.
After the break the young Leeds side looked strong and dangerous and managed to bring the score back to 3-2, however Bagshaw bagged her second goal on a rebound at a penalty corner to take the game out of reach for Leeds.
Team: Townend, DiNapoli, Stacey, Dunne, Monchuk, McEwan, Dobson, Hargreaves, Middleton, Walters, Bagshaw, Dexter
Huddersfield Dragons III 4 Ben Rhydding V 0
HUDDERSFIELD shook off their disappointment of last week’s game and took three point from this fixture.
It took 15 minutes for the first goal to come when Carter took a free hit which found captain McCallum, who had taken the unusual decision to play right wing instead of sweeper, at the top of the D and she was able to take the ball to the back line and slip it behind the keeper.
In the second half, the home side increased the pressure and soon increased their lead when McCallum again took the ball into the D but this time did a reverse stick sweep to Bland who was waiting by the post to slip it past the keeper.
Dragons midfield continued to work hard with Bates, Fielding and Carter continually feeding the ball up front and strong performances in defence from Hamer and Smith.
McCallum’s goal-bound strike was shepherded across the line by Bland and in the dying minutes Thomas was rewarded when she tipped a penalty corner strike from Hamer past the keeper making the final score 4-0.
Team: Martin, Smith, Hamer, Moorhouse, Gowing, Bates, Fielding, Carter, Bland, Thomas, McCallum