A HOME replay awaits Huddersfield’s Academy side after a 32-32 tie in an epic Yorkshire Plate semi-final encounter at Guisborough .
Matt Clark gave Huddersfield the lead after just 15 seconds when a Guisborough player elected to kick the loose ball straight into the centre’s hands and Clark, who is making a name for himself in Field’s first team, evaded a number of tackles to score a try converted by full-back Tom Owen.
Fly-half Chris Brook and Owen also added a penalty apiece before the home side hit back using their pack to drive over the line for a converted try.
Huddersfield were reduced to 14 as a player disputed the score and was sin-binned before the game was held up for half-an-hour, when the home side lost a flanker to hospital with concussion.
When the game resumed Guisborough scored from a 30-metre rolling maul and, although Owen added his second penalty, another line-out catch and drive gave Guisborough a 20-19 lead at the interval.
The second began dramatically when Guisborough kicked to touch, and although it appeared too long, the referee awarded a five-metre line-out, which he promptly turned into a penalty as Field’s indiscipline proved costly.
Guisborough took a quick tap and scored again, the conversion taking them into a 27-19 lead.
Another injury to a home player resulted in a second appearance of an ambulance, this time the game behind held up for 15 minutes while a home player was stretchered off with an ankle injury.
The delay seemed to work in Huddersfield’s favour, and on the restart winger Matt King scored an individual try. Although the conversion failed, the visitors regained the lead five minutes later when Clark scored another excellent try.
Field’s euphoria was short-lived as Guisborough notched another try to leave the match balanced at 32-29.
With three minutes remaining, Guisborough’s poor discipline saw the referee award Field a penalty and Brook held his nerve to tie the contest.
The semi-final replay is at Lockwood Park, on Sunday, April 19.