Leeds left submerged after singles landslide

Wakefield's Dan Bradbury tends the pin for Huddersfield's Aron Schnacke during the Yorkshire Inter-District Union match between Halifax-Huddersfield and Leeds (Picture: Chris Stratford).
Wakefield's Dan Bradbury tends the pin for Huddersfield's Aron Schnacke during the Yorkshire Inter-District Union match between Halifax-Huddersfield and Leeds (Picture: Chris Stratford).
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LEEDS were unable to transform their foursomes superiority into a win as Halifax-Huddersfield staged a singles fightback to triumph 19-17 in their Yorkshire Inter-District Union match at Bradley Park.

Captain Nigel McKee was pleased to see his side lunch with an 8-4 advantage from the morning’s play, helped by the top partnership of Adam Frontal (Cookridge Hall) and Wakefield’s Dan Bradbury eagling the last to win one up after trailing by one hole on the 17th tee.

But Leeds’ top order subsided in the afternoon singles with five of the first six matches going the hosts’ way.

“We just didn’t perform in the singles, the top guys didn’t come through really,” acknowledged McKee. “They tried their hardest, and you can only do what you can do, but it was tight at the end though, really tight.”

McKee is in his third year as Leeds’ captain and matches with Halifax-Huddersfield have proved tight affairs in all three campaigns.

“The first game with Halifax-Huddersfield we beat them 19-17 at Outlane, then last year it was 18-all at Wakefield and this year it was tight again – very, very tight,” said McKee.

Four of Leeds’ dozen players produced 100 per cent displays: Tom North and Craig Watt (both Howley Hall), Barry Hardcastle (Wike Ridge) and Steve Cain (Scarcroft).

Leeds have actually risen a place to third in the eight-union table despite their defeat with only defending champions Sheffield and East Riding having perfect two-from-two records.

“I’m still absolutely loving the role,” said McKee. “One loss isn’t going to change that. We can still win the league even with one loss. Last year we had a loss and a halved match and we lost the league by a point to Sheffield, and in our game with Sheffield last year we were really close to beating them.