New look UCLan fall short against Huddersfield

By Christopher Stott

A UCLan side featuring several new recruits tasted defeat in their first friendly ahead of the new rugby league season.

Things started off well for the home side with Dan Helme dummying his way over after just 7 minutes.

After a few close calls, UCLan finally increased their advantage 10 minutes later, Chris Neil pouncing on a loose ball after good work from the impressive Anthony Wilkinson. Matt Fishwick added 1 of the 2 goal attempts.

Huddersfield responded swiftly; a scoop from dummy half to claim their first score.

UCLan then added two quick tries; first through full back Alex Bates and secondly from Fishwick who also kicked one further goal. The visitors responded before the break with a converted try bringing the score to 20-10.

During the first 20 minutes of the second half, Huddersfield hit Uclan with 4 tries; 3 in an 8 minute spell; to take a 20-30 lead.

UCLan, now with several new personnel on the field, did hit back just after the hour. Joe Gilpin barged his way over to reduce the deficit to one score. Fishwick took his tally up to 10 points with his third goal of the day.

However, Huddersfield’s number 13 grabbed his second try shortly after to reinstate the 10 point advantage. After the sin binning of Dan Helme, the visitors scored two quick fire tries to kill the game taking the score to 26-44.

The individual performances of prop Wilkinson and Alex Bates, and the return soon of some key players will give the squad plenty of optimism going into the new season.

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