THE harsh sin-binning of skipper Rob Kelly proved costly as Huddersfield Dragons went down 4-3 at Doncaster in the North Hockey Men’s League Division II East.
Doncaster were quickly out of the blocks and took the lead, but they left themselves open to the counter attack and Huddersfield fired back when Craig Foster weaved his way to scored a cracking reverse stick shot.
Minutes later Ed Shimmel put Dragons in front and then excellent work in goal from James Cowden and his defence of Adrian Hannam, Andy Kaye, James Austerberry and Mike Peachey kept Doncaster out until half-time.
The second half started off much the same as the first with Doncaster piling on the pressure, but again the visitors remained strong with great cover from David Pemberton, Si Courtney and man-of-the-match Clem Gregory.
But then disaster struck as midway through the half when Kelly got his third yellow card in three games for an alleged dangerous tackle, much to the bemusement of both the captain and the player he had tackled.
Playing with 10 men, Huddersfield upped their workrate but with the clock ticking down the home side found an equaliser and then added a third. Huddersfield pushed forward as they chased an equaliser leaving themselves stretched at the back and Doncaster made the game safe with a fourth goal.
The visitors continued to attack however, and were rewarded with a counter-attack goal from Martin Hirst with the last play of the game.
Success for Under 14s – tomorrow.