A MUCH-improved performance by Huddersfield narrowly failed to harvest them a bonus point at top-of-the-table Caldy as they lost 22-13 in one of just two League games to beat the weather.
The first 15 minutes was all-Huddersfield, but they couldn’t turn the pressure into points, and then, almost inevitably, Caldy broke away and scored against the run of play through centre Gavin Roberts.
Chris Johnson pulled three points back with a penalty before Roberts added a penalty for Caldy, and 8-3 looked like being the half-time score – until disaster struck a minute before the break.
When scrum half Damian Clayton hesitated to put the ball into a moving scrum, the referee awarded Caldy a penalty, which they took quickly and prop Woods dived over the line for a converted try.
It was a bit harsh on Huddersfield and the 15-3 deficit left them with plenty to do in the second period.
Johnson collected another three points, but once again Caldy pulled away, when winger Andy Soutar went over for a try, converted by Roberts to push them out to 22-6.
Undaunted, however, Huddersfield showed bags of commitment, and with substitute scrum half Joel Hinchliffe getting the side motoring, they hit back midway through the half when Ben Harris, who had a tremendous game throughout, broke away, and popped up a pass for supporting full-back Alex Shaw close to the line for a fine try, which Johnson converted to bring the score back to 22-13.
And in the closing stages Huddersfield continued to press forward looking for at least another score which would have brought them some consolation for all their efforts, but unfortunately, it was not to be.
Coach Mark Sowerby was not too disheartened in defeat however after his side showed a renewed enthusiasm and appetite for the challenge.
"Overall I was quite pleased with the way the lads stuck to it this week, and I don’t think the final scoreline reflected the way we played," said Sowerby.
"If anything we were perhaps a bit predictable, but Caldy are a good side and are not top of the League for nothing, and they capitalised on our mistakes.
"We were hammering away at the end, and I thought we could perhaps have won a late penalty, which would at least have brought us a point, but in the second half we proved we can live with these teams, having edged it 10-7."
Huddersfield:@ Shaw; Johnson (M), Paxman (L), Paxman (B), Sutcliffe; Johnson (C), Clayton; Slater, Davies, Stringwell, Harris, Rhodes, Hinchliff, Whitehead, Jacobsz. Subs: Hinchliffe, Gough, Mortimore, Sowerby, Sharpe.