Siddal under 14s gained revenge for a defeat at the hands of Wyke with a 26-10 home success.
The visitors applied the early pressure when a Siddal knock on in the first tackle of the game gifted Wyke possession.
A strong Siddal defensive effort frustrated their opponents who eventually coughed up possession and it was a superb Lewis Hosty break which launched Siddal’s first attack, dummying his way through the line before passing to Billy Clewley who outpaced the covering defence, Clewley adding the extras to put Siddal 6-0 ahead.
Siddal went further in front when Clewley broke clear from half way, eluding a bamboozled defence with a combination of dummies and searing pace to score close to the posts, Clewley again converting.
Although Siddal were coping well with a bigger Wyke forward pack it took some outstanding tackling from Loz Langley, Taylor Foulds and a bone shaking hit from Conner Cox to keep their opponents at bay.
Siddal benefited further as their opponents conceded penalties through frustration and ill discipline. Siddal soon found themselves with an extra player when the outstanding Michael Reynolds became the victim of a particularly reckless high tackle for which the perpetrator was fortunate to receive only a spell in the sin bin.
Siddal used the extra man to their advantage when Clewley and Hosty combined to hit Calcott with a great long ball. Calcott bouncing off two defenders to score an unconverted try.
With the half time whistle looming Wyke finally got on the scoresheet when their pacy centre caught Siddal’s outside backs napping and sliced through the line to score a converted try.
With the next score critical, long periods of the game became an arm wrestle with both teams defending well and scoring chances were limited. Siddal went close when Clewley and Foulds combined deep in their own half to free Josh Rickett who left numerous defenders in his wake only to have the ball knocked from his grasp by a last ditch tackle.
Siddal eventually made the breakthrough when powerful drives by Harris Abbott and Jake Lord set up field position for Lewis Hosty to dive over from acting half back, Clewley adding the conversion.
Siddal extended their lead from the restart when Clewley’s high kick off was caught on the full by a flying Will Smith whose devastating broken field running proved too much for the stunned Wyke defenders, Clewley just failing to add the extras.
With the league points secured, complacency crept in and Wyke were allowed to score a consolation try when a powerful break up field led to a soft converted try.
Much more Junior Sport in Thursday’s Evening Courier