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Your News Huddersfield 44 - Fylde 32

Fyldes season long pursuit of the leading club in National Three (North) came to a crashing halt at Lockwood Park where home club Huddersfield put in a stirring 2nd half performance to win by 44-32. With this defeat and Nuneatons victory at Leicester Lions, the Midlanders take the N3N championship title. With a slight relegation worry hanging over them Huddersield were as disciplined and calculating as Fylde were casual and dilettante. Trailing by 21-24 at the interval and 28-32 after 56 minutes, Huddersfield roared back and looked as though they wanted the win more than the visitors.

Two early penalties by the respective fly-halves, Steve Nutt for Fylde and Chris Johnson for Huddersfield set the standard for an end-to-end first 40 minutes. Fylde winger Nick Royle was rather too casual five minutes later when the very impressive 18 year old centre Matt Clark nipped past him to score an opportunistic try. Johnson converted and his side had a 10-3 lead. The home fly-half took advantage of Fylde indiscipline and mistakes to extend this with two further penalties on 11 & 17 minutes.

After 22 minutes Fylde started to get some possession and to look dangerous. From a ruck near the Field line winger Royle redeemed himself when he took the ball on the burst and powered over from close range. Nutt converted and reduced the deficit to 10-16.

Two minutes later Nutt kicked cleverly and high for Royles free scoring wing partner Oliver Brennand who caught the ball beautifully over his head, passed inside to supporting fullback Martin Wallwork and then took the return pass to score a superb try in the left corner. Nutt converted from the touchline and Fylde had their noses in front at 17-16.

Back came the home side and they scored their second try when winger Shaw ambled over after Fylde had run out of defenders down their left. Johnson for once missed the conversion but his side were back in front at 21-17.

Six minutes before half-time Fylde earned a line-out on the Field 22m line. Scrum-half Craig Aikman passed to Nutt who ghosted through a non-existent hole in the Field defence to score a neat try. He converted his own try and his side had the lead of 24-21 at the interval.

From the 2nd half re-start kick, a Fylde player fumbled the ball and the Huddersfield pack drove on, sucking in the visitors defence. Powerful Flanker Jacobsz found himself facing the sole defender Aikman and crashed through him for the try and a home lead of 28-24.

Back came the visitors and some neat interplay between no 8 Sam Beaumont, flanker Dan Bowman, Aikman and Royle saw Nutt dart through for another fine try. This time he missed the conversion but Fylde were back in the lead at 29-28, and he added a penalty to stretch this to 32-28 with a penalty after 56 minutes.

Huddersfield now took crucial and decisive control of the game. Johnson kicked two penalties following silly Fylde indiscipline and then added a neat dropped goal after 75 minutes to re-take the lead at 37-32. A final flourish saw Jacobsz drive over for his 2nd try of the game in the last minute and cheekily converted it himself to finish the match with a quite decisive 44-32 score.

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