The weather was miserable but the mood was joyous at Lockwood Park as Huddersfield RUFC triumphed 23-14 over high-flying Chester.
A mixture of brilliant Chris Bell kicking, a moment of magic from Elliot Hodgson and an overall never-say-die attitude earned the boys in claret and gold a deserved and much-needed win.
Huddersfield went into the game on the back of two successive defeats following losses against Stourbridge and Sedgley Park and things didn’t start off brightly for Field.
Chester took a 6-0 lead early on following two successful penalty kicks from fly half Callum Bennett, but Bell replied with a penalty of his own.
On the 25-minute mark Chester recorded their only try of the game courtesy of Guy Ford.
Ford forced his way over the line following a Chester scrum deep into the Huddersfield 22 to touch down to give Bennett the opportunity to convert, but he was unable to.
But a 100% kicking ratio from Bell always kept Field in with a chance.
Bell scored his second penalty of the first half to reduce the deficit to 11-6 at half time.
At the start of the second half it looked like the same old story for Field as Chester recorded points in the first few minutes following another penalty kick from Bennett.
But it was after this that Huddersfield turned it on and dug in with a gutsy second half display from forwards and backs alike.
Bell made it a hat trick of penalties before Chester were desperately defending on their try line, but a determined driving maul from the line out got Ben Hoyle over the try line to give Bell the opportunity to convert.
The No10 successfully kicked the ball between the posts which give Huddersfield their first lead of the game with the score at 16-14.
The home side went from strength to strength, not only by not conceding any more points but by extending their lead to 23-14 in the last 10 minutes.
A moment of magic from the quick-footed Hodgson allowed him to skip past two or three oncoming challenges to leave him the easy task of sliding over the line in the wet conditions to the delight of the Lockwood crowd.
This gave Bell the chance to score his last kick of the game to maintain his 100% record and to secure a welcome victory for Field.
Head Coach Gareth Lewis was pleased with his sides win.
“I’m delighted,” he said. “It’s everything you want, gutsy, dogged, all the components that you need for a win that we desperately required.
“We said at half time if we could retain possession and build phases we would cause problems against them, and we did that.
“The set pieces improved in the second half and that was one of the key factors in the result.”
ARTICLE COURTESY OF MEL BOOTH OF THE EXAMINER. THE ORIGINAL STORY CAN BE FOUND HERE.