DICK CRACKNELL took his try tally for the season to 23 with a double salvo in Huddersfield’s 16-9 win at Barrow.

The England and Great Britain player – operating on the right wing – was part of a Fartown team who set off at 7.30am for the trip to the north west.

And while the Claret and Gold finished with only 11 players due to injuries, they still won the game.

Cracknell moved to sixth in the list of Rugby League’s top tryscorers with his effort, having bagged his 23 tries in 14 matches.

After some bright attacking and strong defending by both sides, it was Fartown who took the lead with a quite brilliant try at Craven Park.

The move began with a burst from Russ Pepperell 30 yards from his own line.

Passing took the ball out to Lionel Cooper, who was then held 10 yards from the corner.

The wingman, however, slipped the ball inside and passing across the line took it to Cracknell, who scored in the other corner.

Pat Devery was unable to add the conversion and it wasn’t long before the home side equalised – Lewthwaite scoring wide out and Jones being unable to land the kick.

The score remained 3-3 until half time and Fartown started the second period without Jim Bowden, who had suffered a cracked ankle bone (which was put in pot several days later).

Devery should have scored with the line at his mercy after an excellent Huddersfield attack, but they held their position and, a minute later, Wilmot dived over to restore the lead and Devery added the extras.

Having previously dropped the ball when he should have crossed, Devery made amends with a brilliant try – running from half way to touch down and then adding the conversion.

At this point, Dave Valentine took a bad knock and, despite the referee wanting him to leave the field, he refused to go – although he swapped places with Robson in the scrums.

Barrow scored through Castle after Fartown were slow to react in defence and, after the kick had been missed, Castle scored again from a superb 80-yard run. Again the conversion failed.

After Billy Banks had pushed Fartown right up the field, they eventually lost Valentine who had to be carried off.

With only 11 men, Huddersfield hung on grimly with Owens doing the work of two men.

Not only that, but just before the end Cracknell scored another wonderful try to wrap up the victory, even though Devery again missed the conversion.

It was later revealed Valentine had fractured two small bones in his back!

The Huddersfield starting line-up was listed as: Hilton, Cracknell, Bowden, Devery, Cooper, Pepperell, Banks, Watstaff, Mundy, Wilmot, Owens, Robson, Valentine.

There were no substitutes in those days.