Huddersfield Town 3-2 AFC Bournemouth

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 22/01/2005
Finally! The first victory of 2005 for the Terriers as an on-loan Luke Beckett inspired Town to a 3-2 victory over play-off chasing rivals Bournemouth at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday.Huddersfield Town 3-2 AFC Bournemouth
Striker Luke Beckett netted a first half double and inspired Town to a first win of 2005 and a first win in six games though Town desperately hanged on in the second half as Bournemouth pilled on the pressure and from Town fans? view it was looking like we were going to throw all 3 points away again.

In his first start since November the legend that is Andy Booth sparked Town to victory with his craft and his aerial ability which caused Barnsley a few problems last week when he came off the bench, Booth was in a three-man strike force that consisted of Luke Beckett, Pawel Abbott and Andy Booth, Booth was once again in the thick of things and was instrumental in two goals as Town rattled in three in the first half.

But in the second half it was a case of battling on, as Bournemouth scored with more than half an hour to go it looked like Town mite throw it away with Town players lapsing concentration, Bournemouth before the game were 7th in League One forced the Terriers to defend hard and long.

A penalty by Pawel Abbott on eight minutes go the ball rolling, Booth was no doubt pushed over by Shaun Maher. Abbott stepped up hoping to make it 19th of the season and he did to the delight of the Town fans as he put the ball into the right hand bottom corner with Bournemouth keeper Moss diving the right way but couldn?t stop the ball from ending up in the back of the net.
Beckett on loan from Championship side Sheffield United and on his home debut, added to the Abbott?s penalty with a close range shot, Jon Worthington caught Bournemouth defender Steve Purches napping, Worthington happily nabbed the ball of the Bournemouth defender, rounded the keeper and squared it to Luke Beckett and there was no chance he was going to miss from five yards out, 2-0 to Town.

Once again a defensive lap by Town just before half-time allowed Bournemouth striker and the player who scored the fastest hat-trick James Hayter, to knock in a free header at the far post, Wade Elliot ran down the right wing before twisting and turning Edwards to get a cross into the box, the cross came in that deflected off Edwards?s knee the ball looped over the keeper and Hayter was able to knock in a free header from two yards out.
But Town made the perfect response in added time.

Rob Edwards send Booth away and his square pass saw Beckett, with over 160 goals to his name, finish in clinical style with a blazing shot that rocketed into the roof of the net with the Bournemouth keeper no chance.
Amazingly, he was allowed yards of space by a defence that had the second best record on their travels in the whole of League One.

Abbott should have made four with just three minutes gone in the second half, Abbott skipping clear of two defenders, played a neat one-two with Booth but Town?s top scorer drilled his shot wide of the post.

Bournemouth never gave up, and their fighting spirit paid off, pulling it back to 3-2 on the 62nd minute with Hayter scoring again and notching his 16th goal of the season. Efe Sodje?s headed clearance was picked up by Ex-Town player Marcus Browning, Browning sent in John Spicer to lay the ball square across goal for Hayter, and again Hayter was unmarked to drive in from 12 yards out.
This fired up the Cherries who dominated the rest of the second half and could have drawn level and more than once occasion.

Elliot should have done better with an overhead kick and they Hayter got in again in a link with Gareth O?Connor which saw denied by smart work by Town keeper Paul Rachubka.

As the final whistle blew some section of the crown vented their frustration as Town hung on desperately and it had Jackson expressing dismay and disbelief after the match.

Town travel to Walsall this Saturday who are three places behind Town in League One.

Sean's Man Of The Match: Andy Booth-played well and inspired Town


Town: Rachubka, Brown, Yates, Sodje, Edwards, Fowler (Ahmed 87), Carss, Worthington, Abbott (Schofield 78), Beckett, Booth

AFC Bournemouth: Moss, Purches (Howe 83), Broadhurst, Maher, Cummings, Spicer (Connell 87), Elliott, O?Connor, Browning (Holmes 83), Hayter, Fletcher

Referee: Mr M Jones (Cheshire)

p.s Sorry for the delay


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