Huddersfield arrived at (a-hem) picturesque Ovenden Park with only 15 men due to a couple of late cry offs, to be met with the news that the ref hadn’t showed up so one of Halifax’s 107 subs would be doing the job. Mmmmmm…

Once the local yoofs had been chased away, the bottle tops, broken glass & doggy do cleared away & the holes in the pitch filled in, Huddersfield were immediately into their stride & went two tries up through the pack. However they were dealt a blow shortly afterwards when the curse of the daisy again hit one of our wingers when Aussie Andy had to limp off with a fractured toe nail.

Inevitably in the second half Halifax turned the screw as their subs massive came on. It was as if the Halifax branch of Netto had opened their door for the Boxing Day sale. Folk everywhere. To be fair their excellent fly half also worked out that we only had 14 men on the pitch, that only 3 of them were backs & that our pack were a bit puffed.

Nonetheless the aged Huddersfield side continued to dig deep & were pressing in the Halifax 22 for the winning score when the ref decided it was about time he jolly well allowed his mate to flop on the ball in the middle of a ruck in a 1970’s styley to turn the ball over. Sure enough their flying backs scooted off down field to seal victory.

Insult was added to injury by the “shower” situation & dead dog sandwich offered up for the post match meal.

Nonetheless there were again some excellent displays – up front from Ad “Vincent Vega” Lancaster, the spritely Iain Shelton & the returning Tom Holton who was as usual all over the place (in a good way).Needless to say Stan & Matt Johnson outstanding in the backs.

Big big ups to debutants Cian Gregg (we could tell he was keen – jumping at four he quite reasonably taped up his thighs, unaware of the general pattern of A Team lineout calls….) & Dan Murphy & also to Callum Crossley who has now played three games for us in different positions – top man.

The other debutant – Steve “ Hairy” Harris announced his arrival in Mantown by challenging Marcus “ Woolly Boy “ Wood to a hairy back off. Sadly for Steve – just back from a trip to Thailand – there was to be no happy ending. Sports fans, come close & let me tell you this – never has there been two men more in need of a back, crack & sack.

So a disappointing result but as Nelson Mandela’s chiropodist once said – “ De-feet is OK “ !

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