Huddersfield 13 DK 13

First published in Dudley Kingswinford RFC

DUDLEY Kingswinford failed to make it three wins on the spin as they were held at Huddersfield.

The Heathbrook side travelled to Yorkshire to face National League Two North’s bottom club with high expectations.

But on a heavy pitch against motivated opposition, it proved a tough task.

The game started well enough, Jon Tideswell giving the visitors an early boost when he crossed in just the fifth minute for a try converted by Gareth Bown.

This actually turned out to be the high point as from then on DK were embroiled into a scrappy, poor game of rugby.

Tom Clarke kicked a penalty to record the hosts’ first points of the game and they then went ahead when panic in the DK defence allowed Mike Clarke to touch down.

Scott Benton then scored a second try before the break to give Huddersfield a 13-7 lead.

The errors continued early in the second half as Tom Bissell, on for the injured Jon Tideswell, was penalised for handling in the ruck.

With the advantage of the slope, DK started to make some progress and Bown reduced the deficit to three points with a further penalty.

Huddersfield were then reduced to 13 men thanks to two players being yellow carded in quick succession.

But Dk failed to capitalise and could only draw level thanks to another Bown penalty.

The hosts squandered chances to win it near the end, Clarke only being denied a try by a last-ditch Matt Farrington tackle. Joel Hinchcliffe then missed the chance to steal the points in stoppage time as he was just wide with a drop goal attempt.

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