Rochdale 0-2 Bradford City

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Two goals in six second half minutes proved enough at Spotland to top a magnificent week for Bradford with a second successive League One victory away from home.

Less than seventy two hours from victory over rivals Leeds in the League Cup, the hero of Wednesday James Hanson headed home an Alan Sheehan corner to seal the win against a stubborn Rochdale outfit.

Following the match, Hanson said of his and the side’s recent form: “We’ve got that winning mentality this year. Winning at a place like Rochdale is massive for us.”

The goal came just minutes after the Bantams ex-Dale midfielder Jason Kennedy comfortably tucked the ball home in the bottom corner to break the deadlock after some lovely build up play between Sheehan and Hanson.

The first half was a dull affair with chances very hard to come by for both Dale and City as the middle of the park saw the most action.

Rochdale did have the most of the efforts on goal but after Joe Rafferty dragged his effort wide prior to Peter Vincenti’s effort finding the car park and Rhys Bennett’s header finding the gloves of Jordan Pickford in the Bradford goal.

The visitors did have chances of their own in the opening forty five with both Mason Bennett & Kennedy putting opportunities to break the deadlock over Conrad Logan’s crossbar.

The second half saw the pendulum swing towards Phil Parkinson’s side as a solid backline kept the Dale strike force silent and the midfield diamond of Gary Liddle, Kennedy, Billy Knott and substitute Billy Clarke run the show up the pitch.

Hanson and Knott both put the ball wide in the opening five minutes of the second forty five with Sheehan and Clarke also firing wide either side of an easy save for Pickford from a Bennett free header.

Then came the two goals for the dominate outfit in white, but the second goal must of provided frustration to Rochdale manager Keith Hill who tried to get a double substitution on before the corner was taken.

But, following the game, Hill had praise for his former player and the opening goalscorer: “Jason Kennedy’s been absolutely marvellous for Rochdale and it looks as though he’s started the season brightly for Bradford. I wish him all the best.”

The final real chance of the game did fall to Hill’s side, but Ian Henderson dragged his free kick from the edge of the area wide of Pickford’s far post after putting in under the City wall.

The victory moves City up into fourth in the early League One standings ahead of a trip to Oldham in the JPT this Tuesday evening.

ROCHDALE: Logan; Rafferty (Donnelly 67), Eastham, Tanser, Kennedy; Bennett, Allen, Hery, Done (Fenelon 67); Henderson, Vincenti (Andrew 73). Subs Not Used: Musangu, Dawson, Rose, Camps.

CITY: Pickford; Darby, McArdle, Sheehan, Meredith; Liddle, Kennedy, Morais (Clarke 45), Knott (Dolan 82); Bennett (McLean 75), Hanson. Subs Not Used: Williams, Yeates, Routis, McBurnie.

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Bradford City 2-1 Leeds United

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A dramatic finish to an entertaining Capital One Cup derby game saw Bradford City progress in what could be the final game of David Hockaday’s short reign as Leeds United manager.

James Hanson dramatically completed a three minute turnaround with a brave header from a Gary Liddle cross just moments after it had appeared a ten man Leeds side had snatched victory at Valley Parade.

Matt Smith broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute of a fast and ferocious match when against the run of play the giant striker leapt highest in the six yard box to turn home a teasing ball from David Norris.

From the restart, City pushed for an equaliser and after it had appeared the visitors had cleared there lines, Billy Knott tuck the ball and fired into Stuart Taylor’s top right corner from distance to bring the stadium back to life before Hanson’s winner.

Phil Parkinson, the Bradford City manager, dedicated the victory to the supporters, saying: “Without a doubt this is a big moment, we knew what this meant to the people of Bradford tonight and we said that to the lads before we went out there. The fans have gone away tonight knowing we did everything to make that happen for them.”

The story of the first half was the dismissal of Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy. The former Crewe man was lucky to only see yellow for the first offence after a reckless challenge on Jason Kennedy in the opposition midfield.

Murphy seemed to have a rush of a blood for his second bookable offence when he raced in and came through James Meredith late with a raised foot which made contact with the left back’s trailing leg.

Chances were mainly those of the whites in the first half when following Smith’s header over, Alan Sheehan’s last ditch tackle halting Billy Sharp’s turn to shoot for the opener. Stephen Warnock also found himself one on one with Ben Williams but could only put the effort past the far post.

Bradford, the 2013 finalists in the competition, also had their own share of the chances to break the deadlock but McLean’s flick on found the hands of Stuart Taylor before Kennedy could only find the side netting from a tight angle.

After a tense opening to the second half in which Leeds were very resolute which frustrated the opposition, Sharp and Parkinson were both lucky not to see red following an altercation between the former and defender Rory McArdle.

After a battle for the ball, the striker appeared to only have eyes for his marker and after the pair kicked out, Leeds summer arrival appeared to headbutt McArdle on the deck. Parkinson raced out of his technical area and grabbed Sharp by the throat only for the fourth official to defuse the any hostility.

Taylor in the Leeds goal was to thank for getting the sides scoreless heading into the closing moments after a beautiful one handed save from Billy Clarke with twenty five minutes remaining.

But, the headlines belonged to the Bantams after the sensational period of three goals in five minutes which leaves Hockaday’s chances of remaining on as head coach on the thinnest of ice.

Following the game, the former Forest Green manager said: “I’m not a quitter, I’m a fighter. I feel as though not just myself, but the team at the moment, things just aren’t going our way.”

“But now we have to look at Saturday. They’ll be in tomorrow, I’ll be in tomorrow and it’s on to the next game again. It’s a tough game at times but we’ve got to pick ourselves up. Nobody here is going to feel sorry for us.”

Unfortunately, things would only get worse for the man in the hottest of hotseats when after a four minute delay for crowd disturbances, substitute Dominic Poleon could only sensationally put a chance in injury time to equalise wide when it seemed easier to score.

The third round draw following the game presented the Bantams with an intriguing away tie at fellow League One side MK Dons, who progressed after a sensational 4-0 home victory over Manchester United on the Tuesday night.

CITY: Williams; Darby, McArdle, Sheehan, Meredith; Liddle, Kennedy, Knott (Dolan 90+7), Clarke; McLean (McBurnie 70), Hanson. Subs Not Used: Urwin, Yeates, Shariff, Routis, Morais.

LEEDS: S Taylor; Wootton, Cooper, Pearce, Warnock; Norris (Poleon 90), Tonge, Murphy, Bianchi; Sharp, Smith. Subs Not Used: Silvestri, Ajose, C Taylor, Cook, Bendicic, Antenucci.

Bradford City 0-1 Peterborough United

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Bradford City’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end against Peterborough United in the club’s final match before Wednesday’s derby with Leeds United.

In awful conditions, the visitors sealed the three points when Michael Smith rode through a challenge by City captain Stephen Darby before cutting inside to the area and squaring to Kyle Vassell who picked out the top corner from ten yards.

The goal was a double blow to the home side as it came just a matter of minutes after centre back Andrew Davies had to leave the field with a serious looking arm injury after colliding with his own keeper, Jordan Pickford.

Following the game, manager Phil Parkinson told the media about Davies: “He’s got a crack in his arm so we’ve sent him for an X-Ray now to have a look, so won’t know until later this evening.”

The Bantams, fresh off an impressive midweek victory away at Crawley, had the first chance of the afternoon when Alan Sheehan’s free kick to Rory McArdle fell to the feet of Filipe Morais, but the former Chelsea youth man put his effort wide of Ben Alnwick’s post.

After this chance, the visitors took a real grasp on the game and fluffed two great chances to break the deadlock. Washington first put a shot over the bar before his effort was well saved by Pickford and Jason Kennedy’s fantastic sliding tackle denied Kane Ferdinand from the rebound.

This wouldn’t be the last time in the game the Bantams were troubled by Washington as with Boro’s next meaningful attack he was denied again, this time by a deflection of Rory McArdle after great link up play with Vassell.

City did have a chance to score in the halves dying moments when Billy Knott’s long range effort was saved by Alnwick and Mason Bennett’s cross was put out for a corner despite appearing to come off Josh Payne’s hand.

After the injury and goal early on in the second half, Parkinson’s men looked out of the game and Smith, who provided the assist for the goal, tried his luck from 25 yards but only to put the ball into the stand.

Vassell threw away a glorious opportunity to double his and his side’s tally for the afternoon when his free kick from the edge of the area went over the bar without even testing Pickford in the Bradford goal.

City pressed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages and after a fantastic save by Alnwick denied James Hanson, former Peterborough star Aaron McLean could only find the keeper with a header from close range and Mark Yeates put his late chance over.

CITY: Pickford, Darby, Davies (Meredith 55), McArdle, Sheehan, Knott, Kennedy, Liddle, Morais (Yeates 68), Bennett (McLean 68), Hanson. Subs Not Used: Williams, Dolan, Routis, McBurnie.

PETERBOROUGH: Alnwick, Brisley, Burgess, Santos, Ferdinand, Payne, Mendez-Laing (Smith 20), Anderson, Newell (McCann 83), Washington, Vassell (Barnett 82). Subs Not Used: Day, Luto, Anderson, Edwards.

TRE-WIND-OUS VICTORY FOR TOWN

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With swirling winds commanding the flow of the game, Huddersfield bounced back from derby day humiliation to defeat a resurgent Wigan outfit.

Adam Clayton’s wonderfully taken strike eight minutes from time was enough to secure three valuable points for Town following four consecutive defeats in all competitions.

Clayton’s winner came following a spell of dominance by the home side with the midfielder taking control of a James Vaughan pass before placing the ball in the bottom right hand corner of Al Habsi’s goal from twenty yards.

Wigan should have taken the lead in the early stages of the second half, but debutant Martyn Waghorn somehow managed to place his effort from two yards out over the bar.

But when the Latics manager Uwe Rosler was questioned about the miss, he had this to say. “Today is not the time to look for a mistake, it’s more we couldn’t convert our play into goals and they only won because of a fantastic individual effort.”

Waghorn wasn’t the only Wigan man to have his head in his hands as Jordi Gomez found himself unmarked from a corner and somehow put the ball wide from five yards out.

A personal duel between the Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi and Huddersfield midfielder Oliver Norwood nearly produced two wonder goals from the former Manchester United man.

First, Norwood placed a forty yard effort narrowly over the bar before rattling the goal frame with a thunderbolt free kick from thirty five yards.

A goal would have topped off a man of the match performance from Norwood in which he controlled the midfield play throughout.

Substitute Danny Ward also had two glorious chances to break the deadlock with Stephen Crainey deflecting his first effort wide for a corner before he shinned the ball narrowly wide of the near post.

The man Ward replaced, record signing Nahki Wells, spoke after the game stating. “It was an important win for us against a good side in difficult conditions. It was a great goal by Adam and there is no better feeling than winning.”

In the first half, both sides had chances to break the deadlock through the Terriers centre back Anthony Gerrard despite the Town domination in the opening half hour.

Gerrard saw a powerful header from an Adam Hammill corner cleared off the line by James McArthur before a mix up with Joel Lynch saw the former Cardiff man narrowly avoid turning the ball into his own goal.

However, the three points were secured by the home outfit at the John Smith’s Stadium much to the pleasure of manager Mark Robins.

“I am delighted, because the conditions were so tough, it didn’t look like anyone had played the game before. It was poor, in the second half they were better than us for spells but we kept our shape and showed our quality.”

The Terriers will be looking to build on this victory this coming Tuesday evening when they welcome Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship.

PLAYER RATINGS:
Town: Smithies 7; Lynch 7; Gerrard 7; Smith 6; Dixon 6; Norwood 8; Clayton 7; Hogg 7; Hammill 8; Vaughan 7; Wells 6 (Ward 6); Subs Not Used: Bennett (GK), Woods, Clarke, Scannell, Southern, Lolley

Wigan: Al Habsi 8; Perch 6; Boyce 7; Barnett 7; Crainey 6; Watson 7; McArthur 7 (Maynard 5); Gomez 6 (McCann 5); Waghorn 7 (McManaman 5); Beausejour 6; Antoine-Fortune 6; Subs Not Used: Nicholls (GK), McEachran, McClean, Espinoza.

Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic – Live Match Blog

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FULL TIME – HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1-0 WIGAN ATHLETIC

90+3 min – Today’s attendance at the John Smith’s Stadium is 15,576

90+3 min – Wigan win a free kick as James Vaughan fouls Emmerson Boyce in the near corner.

90 min – THREE MINUTES ADDED TIME

90 min – Stupid free kick to give away by Antoine-Fortune as he fouls Jack Lynch for no apparent reason with a push in the defenders back.

87 min – WIGAN SUB – Nicky Maynard is brought on in place of James McArthur to try find the visitors an equaliser.

87 min – How has Wigan got that free kick? Barnett practically commits a crime on Vaughan and the Linesman flags the centre backs way.

84 min – A throw in by Dixon was played to Vaughan who’s pass to Clayton bobbled, but the Town number eight used it to his advantage to smash home a beauty.

84 min – TOWN GOAL – The breakthough has come as Adam Clayton puts a twenty yard piledriver into the bottom right hand corner of the Wigan goal.

83 min – Another Town corner. Surely they have to make the breakthough sooner rather than later?

82 min – WIGAN SUB – Jordi Gomez departs to be replaced by Chris McCann.

80 min – CLOSE! Norwood’s free kick from thirty-five yards rattles the crossbar and luckily falls into the grasp of Al Habsi.

80 min – Free kick to Town as Adam Clayton is chopped down by James McArthur.

78 min – CLOSE! Oliver Norwood unleashes from forty yards and it only just goes over the Wigan bar.

76 min – A Town counter leads to a Vaughan cross being sliced out for a corner by Stephen Crainey.

73 min – Beautiful inswinging corner by Danny Ward is punched clear by Ali Al Habsi. Yet another Town corner.

72 min – Fantastic pressure by Danny Ward forces an error by Leon Barnett. Town corner.

71 min – WIGAN SUB – Callum McManaman replaces the Martyn Waghorn, who has been very lively on his Latics debut today.

69 min – CLOSE! Danny Ward shins a great opportunity narrowly wide.

67 min – Jack Lynch enters the book for a late challenge on James McArthur.

65 min – CLOSE! Danny Ward’s effort goes wide for a corner of Stephen Crainey.

65 min – Tactical switch by Town sees Paul Dixon drop into defence and a switch to 4-4-2.

63 min – Dixon puts a cross straight through the six yard box which no one is there for, Clayton then has an effort tipped over by Al Habsi.

62 min – CLOSE! HOW DID HE MISS THAT?! Martyn Waghorn puts it over from two yards. Head in hands for the Leicester loanee.

61 min – TOWN SUB – Nahki Wells departs to be replaced by Danny Ward.

60 min – Low driven cross by Beausejour is cleared by Anthony Gerrard. Not that he knew much about it.

60 min – Great defensive chase by Leon Barnett as he beats James Vaughan to a header to end a Town counter attack.

58 min – CLOSE! Jordi Gomez must be wondering how he missed that as he puts a free effort from five yards narrowly wide of the post.

58 min – CLOSE! Antoine-Fortune’s effort is narrowly deflected wide by Jack Lynch. Wigan corner.

57 min – Ben Watson’s piledriver is blocked by Paul Dixon.

55 min – The Wigan counter is led by Jordi Gomez, however Jack Lynch collects his cross and clears the danger.

54 min – Beautiful take down by Jean Beausejour but his cross fails to meet Marc Antoine-Fortune in the six yard box.

53 min – Wigan win a free kick as Jordi Gomez is fouled by Jonathan Hogg.

50 min – A sloppy pass back by Anthony Gerrard goes out for a Wigan corner.

48 min – CLOSE! James McArthur heads narrowly over the bar.

48 min – CLOSE! Emmerson Boyce’s half volley is blocked and goes wide for another Wigan corner.

47 min – Wigan have the second halfs first opportunity as they force a corner.

KICK OFF – The second half is underway at the John Smith’s Stadium with tie still goalless.

HALF TIME – Huddersfield Town 0-0 Wigan Athletic.

45 min – CLOSE! Ben Watson puts Waghorn’s corner narrowly over the Town crossbar.

45 min – Corner to Wigan as Beausejour’s cross goes out of Lynch.

44 min – Smithies clears from a Wigan attack despite the a clear throw-in being missed by the Lino.

42 min – CLOSE! From the corner, Vaughan tries the spectacular and just puts it wide of the post.

41 min – As far as team counters go, it doesn’t get as good as that! Smithies to Hogg, to Wells, to Norwood, to Hammill, to Vaughan. Corner to Town.

40 min – CLOSE! Oliver Norwood’s fantastic free kick is pushed away by Ali Al Habsi.

39 min – Town free kick as Paul Dixon is upended by Martyn Waghorn.

38 min – A Hammill throughball for Vaughan is cleared for a throwing by Leon Barnett.

37 min – James Vaughan forces a free kick from the Wigan defence.

35 min – CLOSE! Town nearly score… in the wrong end as a mix up between two defenders sees the ball go narrowly wide of Smithies far post.

34 min – Nice idea by Boyce through to Beausejour, but Alex Smithies collects with no problems.

32 min – Everyone throws themself into a corner by Waghorn, eventually the ball is up the other end at the feet of Al Habsi.

31 min – Sloppy free kick given away by Town as Dixon goes through the back of Watson.

30 min – CLOSE! James Vaughan is in one on one with Al Habsi but blasts the ball over the Oman internationals crossbar.

27 min – Free Kick Town. McArthur goes throw the back of Hogg.

26 min – The Wells-Vaughan partnership is certainly blossoming. Wigan’s back four have been struggling all afternoon.

24 min – CLOSE! Adam Hammill’s whipped in cross almost finds itself nestled in the back of Al Habsi’s goal. Goal Kick Wigan.

23 min – Tremendous pressure by James Vaughan on Emmerson Boyce eventually leads to the Bermudan winning a goal kick of Vaughan’s inner right thigh.

23 min – Marc Antoine-Fortune is in on goal but the Linesman on the far side flags for offside.

22 min – CLOSE! James McArthur clears Anthony Gerrard’s header off the line for another Town corner.

21 min – Beausejour deflects Hammill’s cross out for a Town corner.

20 min – Nahki Wells forces Leon Barnett to head back to Ali Al Habsi. From the kick some shocking balls from both sides eventually leads to a Town free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hogg.

19 min – Smithies flaps the corner over the crossbar. Wigan corner.

18 min – Fantastic play by Wigan sees Jean Beausejour whip in a lovely cross with Alex Smithies pushing Waghorn’s effort wide for a corner.

17 min – Martyn Waghorn lucky to escape a booking by kicking the ball away following the awarding of a Town free kick.

17 min – Jordi Gomez is in behind the Town defence but the speed of the ball beats him.

14 min – Hammill’s corner is attempted to be put home from distance by Oliver Norwood. Wigan break on the counter and won a throwing close to the Town goal.

13 min – Smart play by Nahki Wells allows Town to attack with Vaughan just missing the ball by inches but it is cleared for a Huddersfield corner.

12 min – After a somewhat hilarious delay in proceedings, Waghorn’s corner is cleared by Oliver Norwood.

10 min – Moment of pure comedic value as Waghorn breaks the corner flag. Retake order by the referee.

10 min – Alex Smithies flaps at the corner by Waghorn and it goes out for yet another Latics corner.

10 min – Sloppy play by Anthony Gerrard presents Wigan with a corner.

8 min – Woeful pass by Oliver Norwood up to Nahki Wells goes out for a goal kick.

6 min – Traditional county ‘banter’ between the two sets of supporters here at the John Smith’s Stadium.

4 min – CLOSE! Leon Barnett is disposed of possession by Adam Hammill but his teasing cross is just missed by the onrushing James Vaughan.

2 min – Town hit the Latics on the counter but a heavy touch by Nahki Wells sees the ball go out into touch.

15:01 – WE ARE UNDERWAY!

14:57 – The Teams are out onto the field here at the John Smith’s Stadium.

14:45 – KITS: Huddersfield Town will be playing in their traditional Blue and White stripes, Wigan will be playing in their Green third kit.

14:37 – Stat Baht’at: Today is the first time we will see Huddersfield Town’s £2.3 million partnership of James Vaughan and Nahki Wells partner each other up front.

14:34 – Stat Baht’at: Today marks a possible home debut for Huddersfield substitute Joe Lolley and also marks a Wigan Athletic debut for Martyn Waghorn.

14:28 – TODAY’S TEAMS

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (3-5-2):
1 – Alex Smithies (C)
33 – Joel Lynch
39 – Anthony Gerrard
27 – Tommy Smith
3 – Paul Dixon
4 – Oliver Norwood
8 – Adam Clayton
6 – Jonathan Hogg
12 – Adam Hammill
9 – James Vaughan
21 – Nahki Wells
INTERCHANGES: 13 – Ian Bennett (GK); 2 – Calum Woods; 5 – Peter Clarke; 7 – Sean Scannell; 11 – Danny Ward; 16 – Keith Southern; 18 – Joe Lolley

WIGAN ATHLETIC (4-3-3):
26 – Ali Al Habsi
24 – James Perch
17 – Emmerson Boyce (C)
25 – Leon Barnett
3 – Stephen Crainey
8 – Ben Watson
16 – James McArthur
14 – Jordi Gomez
33 – Martyn Waghorn
22 – Jean Beausejour
32 – Marc Antoine-Fortune
INTERCHANGES: 13 – Lee Nicholls (GK); 4 – Josh McEachran; 7 – Chris McCann; 11 – James McClean; 15 – Callum McManaman; 18 – Roger Espinoza; 29 – Nicky Maynard

14:17 – Welcome to Sport Baht’at in association with MJK Sports Events match of the weekend, which comes from the John Smith’s Stadium as Huddersfield Town welcome Wigan Athletic for this Sky Bet Championship encounter.

INTRODUCING YORKSHIRE… HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

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Huddersfield Town are a professional football club in West Yorkshire who currently ply their trade in the games second tier, the Sky Bet Championship.

A TERRIERS GUIDE:
Club: Huddersfield Town Association Football Club
Founded: 1908
Chairman: Dean Hoyle
Manager: Mark Robins
Ground: John Smith’s Stadium (Capacity: 24,500)
Division: Sky Bet Championship

A TERRIERS HISTORY IN TWENTY POINTS:
. The club were founded was founded on the 15th August 1908
. The clubs first game was a 2-1 home victory over Bradford Park Avenue
. In 1910, the club entered the Football League for the first time
. In 1912, the clubs building off Leeds Road plunged them into liqudation
. In 1919, the club was nearly moved to Leeds to merge with Leeds City
. However, citizens of Huddersfield paid £1 each for club shares to prevent the move
. In 1920, the club lost to Aston Villa in the FA Cup Final but achieved promotion to Division One
. The clubs success took a turn for the better following the appointment of Herbert Chapman in March 1921
. They won the 1922 FA Cup Final following a victory over Preston North End
. In 1926, the club became the first of four sides in history to win three successive English League Titles
. On the 27th February 1932, the clubs record attendence of 67,307 attended Leeds Road for a FA Cup Quarter Final against Arsenal
. The club began a gradual decline following the Second World War and appeared in the top flight for the last time to date in 1972
. The club were defeated by Swansea City in the 1994 Football League Trophy, losing 3-1 on penalities following a 1-1 draw
. In 1994, the club departed it’s Leeds Road home to move into the Alfred McAlpine (Now, John Smith’s) Stadium
. In 1998, local businessman Barry Rubery took over the club and promised to deliver Premier League football
. However, the club fell two divisions and entered administration in 2003
. To celebrate the clubs centenary in 2008, the lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the inaugral Herbert Chapman trophy game
. The club set the Football League record of longest undefeated run following a 2-1 victory against Notts County, however they lost the following game away at Charlton Athletic
. That season however, the club secured promotion to the Championship following a penalty shootout victory over Sheffield United at Wembley in the League One Play Off Final
. In the 2014 January transfer window, the club broke it’s transfer record following signing Nahki Wells from Bradford City for £1.3 million plus add ons

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE FOR HUDDERSFIELD?
The men from Huddersfield are looking to maintain their current status of second tier football this season, however chairman Dean Hoyle is looking to take the club into the Barclays Premier League in the near future.

The Yorkshire Weekend Football Round Up

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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Hull City succumbed to a third consecutive Premier League defeat as they went down 1-0 away at Norwich City. Despite debutant Nikica Jelavic hitting the post inside the opening two minutes, Ryan Bennett headed in a corner three minutes from time to send the Tigers to defeat.

SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

Leeds United went down to another defeat, this time 1-0 at home to league leaders Leicester City. Leeds were the stronger side and created the better chances throughout the game but were defeated when David Nugent poked the ball past Paddy Kenny three minutes from time.

Doncaster Rovers stunned everyone with a 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the Keepmoat Stadium. Chris Brown opened the scoring in the sixth minute before James Coppinger scrambled the ball home just after half time. Brown then wrapped up the victory from the penalty spot.

Barnsley also boosted their chances of survival with a 2-0 home victory over Blackpool. Chris O’Grady scored both of the Tykes goals with a penalty in first half injury time before doubling the lead three minutes into the second half with a close range header.

Nahki Wells scored again as Huddersfield Town lost 2-1 away at Queens Park Rangers. Huddersfield were on top of their hosts until ten minutes into the second half when Charlie Austin smashed home a flick on before Nahki equalised when he headed home a cross from Adam Hammill. However, Austin pounced again with a close range header to send Town to defeat.

Sheffield Wednesday continued their fantastic from under Caretaker Manager Stuart Gray with a 1-1 draw away at third placed Burnley. The Owls fell behind when Sam Vokes put a Dean Marney cross past Chris Kirkland before Chris Maguire pounced two minutes later when Burnley failed to clear a Connor Wickham free kick.

And, Middlesbrough are now within touching distance of a play off place as they defeated Charlton Athletic 1-0 at the Riverside. The only goal of the game came in the sixteenth minute when Emmanuel Ledesma’s effort bounced over the Addicks keeper.

SKY BET LEAGUE ONE

In the Yorkshire Derby, Sheffield United and Bradford City shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane. Jamie Murphy’s finish and a header from Chris Maguire gave the Blades a two goal advantage at half time before Gary Jones wickedly deflected effort and a James Hanson tap in from a Jones free kick got the Bantams a point.

And, Rotherham United kept up their charge for a play off place with a 3-0 victory away at Shrewsbury Town. The Millers goals all came in the opening twenty with a Tom Hitchcock header, a Ben Pringle volley and finally, a James Tavernier close range effort.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO

York City played out a goalless draw in their home game with fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers. The homeside were on top throughout with Russell Penn being denied from close range being the best effort for the Minstermen.

SKRILL PREMIER

FC Halifax Town picked up a very credible 1-1 home draw against title chasing Cambridge United. Tom Elliott headed the visitors into a lead before top scorer Lee Gregory drew the Shaymen level when he converted Adam Smith’s cross.

SKRILL NORTH

North Ferriby United stayed top of the division following a enthralling 4-4 draw at home to mid table Histon. The Humberside outfit came from 2-0 down and 3-2 down to take a lead before surrendering the three points eight minutes from the end of the ninety.

Harrogate Town came away 2-1 victors at Leamington. After going one down in the sixteenth minute, Town turned it round with goals in both the thirty sixth minute and seventy ninth minute to come out on top in the battle of the spas.

Bradford Park Avenue went down 2-1 at home to title chasing Hednesford Town. Avenue went two down following a dominant performance for the visitors before Ross Gardner grabbed his second since joining earlier this month in time added one.

The Sport Baht’at in association with MJK Sports Events featured match between Guiseley and Stockport County was postponed due to a Waterlogged Pitch.

THE EVO-STIK LEAGUE

In the Premier Division, Whitby Town defeated FC United of Manchester 3-2 with a Graeme Armstrong double coming either side of a Steven Snaith finish. Frickley Athletic went down 4-1 in a relegation six pointer away at Trafford with Jake Picton grabbing a last minute consolation for the South Yorkshire outfit. Stocksbridge Park Steels slipped closer to the drop after being defeated 4-1 by Witton Albion with Nick Swirad scoring for the Steelers.

In Division One North, Farsley and Ossett Town shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, Ossett Albion were defeated 3-2 at home by Darlington 1883 in front of their biggest crowd of the season whilst Wakefield were defeated 4-2 by Cammell Laird. Finally, Harrogate Railway Athletic got a 3-2 victory at home to Clitheroe.

In Division One South, Goole were spanked 5-1 away at Belper Town whilst Sheffield FC also lost, going down 2-1 away at Brigg Town.

TOOLSTATION NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST FOOTBALL LEAGUE

In the Premier Division, Tadcaster Albion remained three points of the pace despite a 8-1 thumping of Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Thackley lost 4-2 to West Yorkshire Rivals Brighouse Town whilst Albion Sports won 3-1 away at Winterton Rangers. Athersley Recreation defeated Parkgate 1-0 and Bridlington Town secured a 3-2 home triumph over Glasshoughton Welfare. Garforth Town went down 3-1 at home to Heanor Town with Maltby Main issuing out a 6-0 spanking on Armthorpe Welfare and Liversedge lost 1-0 away at Worksop Parramore.

In Division One, Eccleshill United and AFC Emley drew 2-2 in their meeting and Selby Town picked up a 5-1 away victory at Appleby Foderingham. Yorkshire Amateur beat Dronfield Town 5-2 with Hall Road Rangers losing 3-0 away at Shirebrook Town. Hemsworth Miners Welfare secured a 2-1 home victory over Louth Town, Rossington Main defeated Dinnington Town 4-0, Knaresborough Town won 2-1 away at Cleethorpes Town and Hallam drew 2-2 at home with Worsborough Bridge Athletic in the South Yorkshire Derby.

WEST RIDING COUNTY AMATEUR LEAGUE

Kirkburton 4-3 Campion, Halifax Irish 1-1 Salts, Hall Green United picked up their first victory off the campaign with a 2-1 away victory at Tyersal.