FARTOWN maintained their place among the promotion contenders with a 16-10 victory over Nottingham City – but they had to survive a late fightback before securing the points.
Instead of being several lengths ahead, the Fartowners trod water for much of the second half and were almost beaten to the tape by a side that never gave up trying.
City Substitute Brandon Greenwood (the 18-year-old son of coach Lee) almost made it a fairytale debut when he was brought to a halt a few feet short a minute from the end and there was another heart-stopping moment in injury time, when centre David Oates (later to become a Huddersfield player) was turned on his back over the line.
There was no doubting Huddersfield’s valiant attempts to entertain and, with centres Anthony Edwards and Stuart Cocker in good form, and the effervescent Wally Gibson a constant threat, a big score was always a possibility.
But Huddersfield appeared to become over-anxious at times, and frequently failed to make the most of promising approach work.
It was Edwards who gave the Fartowners their only try of the first half, when he intercepted Nottingham scrum half Paul Kay’s long pass to gallop 55 yards for a 32nd minute touchdown, which Simon Kenworthy goaled.
And things looked good when they scored twice in the space of six minutes to go 16-0 in front.
First, Gary Siddall’s long pass enabled stand-off Andy Mackintosh to split the defence close to the line, Kenworthy adding the goal, and then Mackintosh combined with Edwards to send winger Ian Thomas blazing down the touchline and he took his chance well, rounding full-back Chris Willis to score his fourth try of the season.
Willis did score for Nottingham and when Kemp, on loan from Halifax, added another for the visitors with five minutes remaining, it made for a hectic finale before the referee’s whistle signalled two welcome points for Huddersfield.