Attacking power key to Siddal success

George Ambler in action for Siddal against Castleford Lock Lane
George Ambler in action for Siddal against Castleford Lock Lane

Siddal 50 Castleford Lock Lane 8

Siddal produced their best attacking performance of the season to power past Lock Lane who arrived at Reactiv Park as Conference Premier leaders.

Though the visitors took an early lead through a try from hooker John Hayward, for most of the rest of the game the Castleford side were chasing shadows as halfbacks Chris Brooke and Shaun Garrod took every opportunity to spread the play wide.

Siddal drew level after 11 minutes when the ball was quickly transferred through several pairs of hands and right wing Emerson Newburn touched down in the corner. Gareth Blackburn could not add the difficult touchline conversion.

Lock Lane then kicked the ball out on the full from a restart beneath the posts. From the resulting penalty Garrod sliced through the Lane defence to score at the side of the posts, Blackburn adding the goal.

In scorching conditions, Siddal were threatening to cut loose and only desperate defence was keeping Lock Lane in the game. However, in the 23rd minute hooker Craig Sanderson went down the short side from 15 metres out and passed to left wing Gavin Stead who ran over the top of his opposite number to score, Blackburn adding a great conversion from the left touchline to stretch Siddal’s lead to 16-4.

Siddal were over again on the half hour mark after Lock Lane had conceded back to back penalties. Once again Garrod was just too quick for the Lane defence as he scored a carbon copy of his first try, Blackburn converting.

Lock Lane were looking down the barrel, but after Siddal also gave away back to back penalties the visitors capitalised with a try for forward Chris Tudor after a smart, delayed pass by halfback Mick Haywood. Scrum half Danny Rowse missed the easy conversion as Siddal entered the break 22-8 to the good.

Lock Lane were unlucky not to cut the deficit immediately after half time but referee Chris Dean ruled a forward pass as Tudor ran through a gap in the Siddal line. Siddal, thoug,h stepped up a notch and on 44 minutes Blackburn joined the line and sent in a perfect grubber for Stead to beat the Lane fullback to the ball to score. Blackburn added the goal.

Stead collected his hat trick 11 minutes later after a fine pass by Garrod, and then some great agility as the winger sped down the touchline and scored by the left flag. Blackburn added yet another great conversion from the touchline and at 34-8 Siddal were out of sight.

On 58 minutes Blackburn again joined the line but on the right flank this time and although he was just held short he managed to offload to centre Richard Lopag who finished off nicely in the right hand corner. Chris Brooke couldn’t add the goal.

Siddal closed the game out in the last 10 minutes with two further tries. The first was arguably the try of the game as first veteran Nicholas Smith scooped up a stray Lock Lane pass, ran 20 metres and then handed on to Stephen Hope who ran 60 metres down the centre leaving three defenders in his wake to score under the posts. Blackburn added two more points.

Finally a fine short pass by Garrod to Jaymes Chapman saw the latter run through powerfully from short range to touch down, Blackburn’s goal giving him a personal haul of 14 points.