Terriers fight back to earn valuable point

Huddersfield Town story posted by Garfield (Admin) on 17/09/2003
Huddersfield Town picked up their tenth point of the season in yesterday night's 1-1 action-packed draw with Rochdale at the Spotland ground. In an entertaining match in which the home side scored within the first minute of the game, the Terriers fought back and made sure it was honours even through a first-half goal from youngster Jonathan Worthington.Terriers fight back to earn valuable point

The game, originally scheduled for a 19.45pm kickoff, ended up starting at 8pm because of heavy traffic built up through Town's large number of travelling supporters. The 15 minute delay may have led to a lack of focus within the Terriers camp, which would explain the game's first few minutes.

Town's only change from Saturday's exceptional win against Northampton Town was Jon Newby replacing the injured Andrew Holdsworth in midfield. The bench, however, was interesting with all the players barely out of their teens. It consisted of Senior, Ahmed, Mirfin, Brown and Thompson.

Town, still looking for their first away win of the season, fell behind after just 18 seconds of the game. The game kicked off, Rochdale attacked down the left-hand side, Kevin Townson swung in a long cross which was cleverly headed on by Leo Bertos to Paul Connor who then slotted the ball past Ian Gray for his fifth goal of the season. The defence was shocking to say the least. If Town needed a wakeup call then this was definitely it.

The Terriers did respond to the early goal and had a great chance from Stead before Worthington scored a well-deserved equaliser in the 22nd minute. The move began with Newby crossing the ball in to the Rochdale area, which found Carss, who nodded the ball on to Worthington who's effort found the net beating Rochdale 'keeper Matt Gilks.

In the next twenty-odd minutes 'til half-time the impressive Ian Gray pulled off a few great saves to deny the home side, Town had a few chances but the 1-1 socreline going in at the break was, to be honest, fair. Both sides had played very well.

For the first quarter of the second-half Town found it extremely difficult to get control of the game. It was all Rochdale. In fact, if it wasn't for ex-Rochdale 'keeper Gray producing a string of top-draw saves, then the Spotland team could have taken the lead by two or three goals.

Later on in the second-half Town came to life a bit more. Adnan Ahmed made his senior debut in the 78th minute replacing Jon Newby and he made an impact on the game in an instant when he released Hughes with the ball who crossed it for Booth in Rochdale's box who then headed wide of the left-hand post.

Town had a few more chances from Stead and Booth until full-time but a goal was not to come. A 1-1 draw, to tell you the truth, was a fair result. Both teams played out of their skins. More football like this and Town will surely be climbing up the Division Three table.

MotM: Ian Gray

Attendance: 4,626

Town's Lineup:
Ian Gray, Rob Edwards (C), Lee Fowler, Ian Hughes, Jon Stead, Jon Newby, Tony Carss, Andy Booth, Paul Scott, Efe Sodje, Jon Worthington

Subs: Senior, Mirfin, Brown, Thompson, Ahmed


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