By N Lawless
A late arrival and kick-off didn’t help Huddersfield’s chances as they fell to a 31-25 defeat at struggling Birmingham & Solihull.
The Bees managed to complete a league double over ‘Field and only their second home win of the season, helped by the spot-on kicking of Adam Canning.
Huddersfield’s pre-match plans were thrown into disarray when a faulty bus ensured that the game would kick-off 40 minutes late with Huddersfield having just a few minutes to warm up beforehand.
It seemed to tell in the first ten minutes of the match with Birmingham & Solihull edging the early play and making good territory.
However, it was the away side that made the breakthrough on 15 minutes. A good passing move saw the ball switched into Ben Morrell whose jinking run through the centre saw him over the line, Joel Hinchliffe completing the conversion.
The lead lasted for just two minutes however, Birmingham & Solihull hitting back after finding space through the centre of the pitch for Charlie Ding to score the try, Canning getting his first conversion of the day.
Birmingham & Solihull were looking the better side and another try followed on 29 minutes, Ian Briggs finishing off a good passing move which saw Huddersfield exposed, Canning making it 14-7.
Huddersfield managed to finish the half on level terms though, scoring a penalty try from a scrum just before half-time with Hinchliffe converting to level the scores.
Birmingham & Solihull continued in the ascendancy after the break and regained the lead on 48 minutes after a prolonged attack saw the ball eventually break to Dai Evans on the right wing to finish, Canning’s kick successful from the most acute of angles.
The home side were looking in control and scored again five minutes later through Steven Johns to go 28-14 up.
Huddersfield tried their best to get a rhythm going but were struggling with their kicking and not putting great pressure on the Bees defence.
They eventually did score on 64 minutes, when quick thinking from Joel Hinchliffe saw the ball come to Nick Sharpe with space to charge through at speed and score, Hinchliffe converting to give the away side a chance.
It didn’t last long however. On 72 minutes Birmingham & Solihull put the game beyond doubt when a good pass from Dai Evans saw Johns grab his second try and Canning converting once more to give the home side a 14-point lead once more.
And that’s how it stayed as Huddersfield couldn’t get back in the game and fell to what had to be classed as a deserved third defeat in a row.
Hodson, Rawsthorne, Hodgson, Owen, Knight, Bell, Hinchliffe, Sanderson, Morrell, Battye, Rhodes, Malthouse, Thornton, Sharpe
Subs: Jeffrey, Lewis, Purcell, Workman, Walker (H)