Halifax-Huddersfield double up to take early lead in Yorkshire Inter-District Union table

Picture: PA Wire.
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Halifax-Huddersfield are the only team with a perfect record after just two rounds of matches in the Yorkshire Inter-District Union League.

They pulled off a narrow 19-17 victory over Harrogate at Ripon City and have a one-point lead over York, who tied 18-18 with Leeds at Sand Moor, the hosts registering their first point of the season.

Harrogate sit bottom as the only team yet to register a match point while East Riding, Sheffield, Bradford and Teesside have all won once and lost once during the opening skirmishes.

East Riding and Teesside broke their ducks on Sunday, the former with a 22-14 triumph over Bradford at Woodhall Hills and the latter by edging Sheffield 19-17 at Middlesbrough.

There was nothing between Halifax-Huddersfield and Harrogate after the morning foursomes, but the visitors took the singles 13-11. Graham McLean, Steve Martin and Jake Hamilton all won both of their matches for Halifax-Huddersfield as did Josh Bassitt, Will Rushworth and Nigel Pickard for Harrogate.

Leeds were looking at a second loss of the season when they trailed 7-5 after the foursomes, but wins in three of the top four singles matches against York laid the platform for them to square the encounter overall.

East Riding also went into lunch 7-5 in arrears, to their hosts Bradford, but produced a storming singles session, taking the series 17-7 and overall victory. James Woodhead and Dan Digby won both their matches for East Riding, as did Chris Howe and Rob Malloy for Bradford.

Teesside survived a fightback from Sheffield to win their match, the four-point cushion they built up in the foursomes proving not exactly comfortable in the afternoon singles, but ultimately enough for victory.

The next set of fixtures, on Sunday, June 28 are: Bradford v Leeds (at Keighley), East Riding v Sheffield (Ganstead Park, Harrogate v Teesside (Bedale) and Halifax-Huddersfield v York (Halifax Bradley Hall).