HUDDERSFIELD had a highly-impressive six players representing West Yorkshire in the County Inter-District game at Yorkshire Railway Institute Sports ground.
And it was Huddersfield back-rower Billy Dempsey who scored the crucial try which brought victory over East Yorkshire.
Defences were the strong point of both sides and the game was scoreless at the interval.
But midway through the second period, and following a scrum 20m out, Dempsey took up the ball and powered his way over the line for the game’s only try.
This success was followed up with a first victory of the season for their club’s Under 17s side, 17-8 at Ilkley.
In a game where both teams defended well, it was Huddersfield who began the brighter but it was the home side who recorded the first try of the match, pouncing on the loose ball to feed the winger to score in the corner.
Huddersfield responded well and levelled with Jack Brannan going over following a powerful rolling maul. The score remained 5-5 going into the break.
Ilkley regained the lead 15 minutes into the second half profiting from an indiscretion to convert a penalty, but Huddersfield fought back again by scoring another try following a well-worked free-kick allowing space for winger Rob Heywood to go over in the corner.
With five minutes remaining Ilkley’s flanker was sin-binned for breaking the scrum and from the resultant penalty the same move that was deployed for the second try was used to good effect again but on the opposite wing allowing Harry Rosser to score in the corner.
Heywood converted the penalty to end the scoring and the man-of-the-match was jointly awarded to forward Billy Dempsey and back Matt Dickinson.
And despite a game littered with handling errors Huddersfield followed up with a second successive away victory, this time at Sandal, where they won 22-10.
Huddersfield did get away to the perfect start, when they collected the ball from the kick-off and fly-half Tom Mason fed flanker Dempsey who left the defence standing to score a try converted by full-back Ross Carey.
Sandal hit back when they broke down the blindside to score, but a neat interchange in the middle of the park enabled Heywood to score the first of his three tries to give Huddersfield a 12-5 half-time lead.
In the second half Huddersfield had to play up a steep slope, but were soon extending their lead when a quick penalty was tapped and sent out to Heywood who crossed in the corner.
Another lack of concentration let Sandal back into the game with another soft try, but the visitors finally put the game to rest when another tap penalty resulted in Heywood going over for his hat trick.
Tom Bolland produced some excellent line-out work, while there good performances from hooker John Birkett and Matt Dickenson, although Heywood’s hat trick caught the eye.
YMCA’s Under 13s came out on top in two away matches, winning 22-14 at Bradford and Bingley and 27-26 at Morley.
In a close match at Morley, YM got off to a flying start with Nathaniel Smallwood catching the ball from the starting kick to run straight through the opposition defence and score a remarkable try within the first 30 seconds.
Five minutes later the lead was extended when, after winning the scrum in centre field, Sam Wood ran through the Morley defence to touchdown. Morley responded before the break landing their first try following five minutes of sustained pressure.
YM extended their advantage seconds before half-time thanks to No8 Luke Johnson’s driving run and touchdown. The home side refused to lie down and fought back, scoring two quickfire tries after the interval.
This seemed to spark YM back into life with Johnson and Jason Moorhouse going over to regain the advantage.
Morley scored a try before the final whistle, but YM secured a narrow victory 27-26 with Josh Scholefield picking up the man-of-the-match award.
In the game at Bradford, YM scored the first try after winning the line-out and knocking the ball to scrum half Jake O’Hehir who passed it to Macauley Robinson to score.
The home side hit back soon after, scoring a converted try leaving the score 7-5 to the home side. But YM responded well after the break, winning the award of a penalty try which was converted by Josh Scholefield.
The Bees responded with a converted try of themselves before Robinson powered down the field to score YMCA’s third try of the match. And George Smith put in a try-saving tackle before going down the other end to score.