Confusion over Siddal ‘win’

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Siddal are insisting they will not go back to West Hull for a replay after yesterday’s National Conference League Premier Division play-off match ended in confusion.

The sides were locked together at 14-14 after 80 minutes, at which stage the young referee told the sides that the tie would be settled by a golden score.

West Hull missed with a drop goal attempt and then Chris Brook scooped his effort over the bar nine minutes into extra time to seemingly earn the Chevinedge men a trip to Castleford Lock Lane next Saturday.

However, it seems that the referee should have played all of extra time before a golden score was brought into play.

“It all got a bit silly after the match with a couple of their committee men chasing the referee round the car park with a rule book,” said Siddal coach Gareth Greenwood.

“But we were not asked to go back out.”

Greenwood said a Conference official had later suggested that his men might have to return to West Hull next Saturday with the winners facing Lock Lane the following Wednesday.

Greenwood said that both sides had been told a golden point would decide it and as far as his club was concerned they had won through fair and square.

The possibility of playing two games in five days was not acceptable and would give Castleford Lock Lane - who beat Egremont Rangers 48-16 on Saturday - a big advantage after 11 days’ rest.

Greenwood said he had spoken to several Siddal players and officials on Sunday morning and they were not prepared to travel back to Hull for a replay.

The coach, meanwhile, praised his men for a tremendous defensive effort after they had gone 14-6 ahead with a Shaun Garrod interception try, converted by Gareth Blackburn, 10 minutes into the second half.

Second rower Danny Williams was Siddal’s man of the match but Greenwood said his players, who have made three Grand Final appearances in the last four years, had really pulled together as a team.

Greenwood didn’t have too much sympathy for yesterday’s hosts, who had beaten Siddal 34-6 at North Road in July.

He said their coaching staff appeared to make a habit of trying to influence match officials at breaks in the play and his side had been “peppered” with penalties against them.