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Bees can't cope with pacy late Huddersfield onslaught
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Bradford & Bingley 15, Huddersfield 39
Three tries in the final 15 minutes inflated the visitors' margin of victory in this SSE National League Three North derby, and the scoreline didn't reflect how evenly matched the sides had been for the first hour.
In the final minutes, Huddersfield accelerated the pace of everything they did, while the Bees suddenly looked one paced and disjointed.
The Bees were at their best in the opening half-hour, and the two-score lead they had established through scores from Adam Malthouse and Brett Mitchell was a fair reflection of the pattern of the game.
Huddersfield were very much second best but it is to their credit that they defended tenaciously and gradually started to get into the match.
With half an hour played, Huddersfield mounted their first cohesive attack on the Bees line and were rewarded with a score as their forwards ploughed over.
Tom Hodson added the conversion and suddenly it was game on.
The visitors continued to up the tempo and pressure, and when second row George Hinchcliff burrowed over just before half-time, the Lockwood Park side held a lead they would not relinquish.
The Bees lost skipper Brett Mitchell to the sin bin and scrum half Kirk Arundale to injury but this cannot explain how badly the home side fell off the pace and how much the visitors stepped things up.
Former Bees player Giles Hetherington crossed in wide open space on 65 minutes but it was the try of the game from Ben Morrill with ten minutes to play which ended any hope of a home fightback.
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