On the road ‘Street fell short again; this time under the arches of picturesque Huddersfield RFC’s Lockwood Park in falling away in the third quarter to go 22 – 7 behind and; despite a final period fight back and a fine score by the in-form Andy Murray, ‘Street conceded a try themselves and slumped to a 27 -14 defeat writes Bob Harcourt.
‘Street made the early running and with a certain de-ja-vu, conceded an early eighty metre turnover try to Ben Mitchell, whilst pressuring to score themselves. Winger, Elliot Hodgson missed the conversion, 5 – 0 with seven minutes gone. Pressure from the kick receipt, saw the visitors play their way deep into Huddersfield’s 22 and after three penalty awards plus two scrum collapse resets, ‘Street’s Nathan Tilsley eventually cut through the home side defence following a scrum on sixteen minutes, to score right of the posts. Fly half Ben Cooper added the extras points, 5 – 7. The game see-sawed thereafter in an error-strewn stalemate until, the at stroke of time, Huddersfield’s flanker Adam Malthouse finished off a penalty lineout drive and a subsequent pick and go session to reach the whitewash which, when converted from wide out by fly half Chris Bell, took Huddersfield into a 12 – 7 lead at the break.
Half Time: Huddersfield 12 Broadstreet 7.
Andy Murray complete another robust performance with a try near the posts as the Huddersfield defence ran out. Huddersfield kicked off and kept ‘Street pinned in their 22 metre area eventually forcing a penalty, converted by Chris Bell, after six minutes played extending the home lead to 15 – 7. Cooper missed a chance from 30 metres to cancel this out a minute later, when a Huddersfield player transgressed at the re-start. As is so often the case, the next score would prove the decider but as ‘Street’s game deteriorated through awry kicking; gifted turn-overs and carelessness when creating opportunities to score, it was fated, not to be the ‘Boys in Green’. From one such aborted attack, ‘Street conceded a turn-over and a quick counter attack saw Huddersfield backs find minimal space out wide to create a 60 metre breakaway for a second long range try in the scrappiest of matches. Ben Mitchell was again the beneficiary and Bell added two points; 22 – 7 going into the last quarter. Street did pull themselves together somewhat thereafter, especially at scrum time, where they pushed ‘Field’s pack backwards, but careless kicking from hand gave the home side a plethora of unearned possession which, eventually, proved to be their final undoing as scrum half Man-of-the-Match, Joel Hinchcliffe, fielded a failed clearance to then attack blind and; with some 2 v 1 passes with supporting colleagues, he finished off his own counter with a clinically executed try in the right hand corner. Bell failed with the kick but the coup-de-grace had been struck. 27 – 7 and under ten minutes remaining. With only pride to preserve, ‘Street finished strongly looking to work a miracle, but the Huddersfield defence sharpened, hustling their visitors into attacking mistakes, until a better disciplined 5 minute period of pressure in the home right corner saw full back
Final Score: Huddersfield 27 – Broadstreet 14.
Andrew Murray; Jeff Gregson, Nathan Tilsley, James Otutaha, Ashley Elvers; Ben Cooper, Pierre Ferre; Joe Foreman, Stewart Pearl, Jake Dodd; Callum Tucker, Matthew Solomon; Beau Carney, Jamie Harrop (c), Jack Gibbons. Rob Dugard, Mike Worthington, Dan Martin, Nick Thatcher, Jack Webber.
Thought for the Game: Given how well ‘Street performed last week, in their 33 – 10 win against ‘no mugs’ Stourbridge, it was sad to see how poorly ‘Street performed this week. One has to look at their cerebral state because, in nearly every game so far, the players have proven that they have the physical talent to succeed. With two more consecutive away games, it is a testing time for a youngish, brave and talented ‘Street and it is by mostly small margins that they have conceded games, in what has been brutal six early season away games test of character. Stay Strong gentlemen – you have what it takes!