Luctonians slump to National Two North basement-club Huddersfield

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Luctonians 12 pts Huddersfield 21.

LUCTONIANS turned in probably their worst performance in three seasons to slump to defeat against National Two North’s basement side.

The Mortimer Park club dominated the opening minutes but the visitors made the breakthrough when a pass went astray.

Huddersfield centre Rob Meekins hacked the ball through from half-way to gather the ball and score under the posts for winger Luke Booth to kick a simple conversion.

On 30 minutes, Alex Davidson was shown a yellow card but the resultant penalty hit the upright and the home side then had a good spell while playing with 14 men which was rewarded on the stroke of half-time with a push-over try by number eight Paul Hulland.

The conversion from Johnny Morris, returning from injury, hit an upright. Forward pressure from Luctonians at the start of the second-half resulted in a penalty try which Morris converted and the home side looked to be in control of the game.

But flanker Dan Smith was yellow-carded for a late tackle and from that moment the complexion of the game changed.

A fine kick by influential scrum-half Joel Hinchcliffe took play within five metres of the home line where winger Alex Rumsey was yellow cared for not rolling away after a tackle.

From the penalty the visitors forced their way over for an unconverted try to level the scores.

And with Luctonians’ play becoming ragged, Booth kicked three penalties in the last 15 minutes for the visitors to claim only their second win of the season.

On Saturday, Luctonians, travel to local rivals Bromsgrove for a must-win match.

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