Garrod hat-trick for impressive Siddal

Siddal 's Shaun Garrod
Siddal 's Shaun Garrod

Siddal answered coach Gareth Greenwood’s call for major improvement with an impressive 48-22 win at East Leeds in the top section of the National Conference yesterday.

Greenwood had been dismayed by his side’s struggle to beat rock bottom Hull Dockers at home a week earlier but the Chevinedge men rose to what appeared to be a difficult task against confident Premier newcomers.

Siddal, who fielded four sides on the day, are among a quartet of sides with four wins out of five so far.

The visitors were soon in control against a host side who had crushed visitors Wigan St Judes 76-12 in their previous outing to make it three wins out of four.

The match started at great pace, strong running from the Siddal pack giving Shaun Garrod the opportunity to open the scoring in the eighth minute.

A few minutes later a superb long-range break from Steven Hope, who was hauled down under the posts, gave the visitors the position from which hooker Craig Sanderson dived over on the next play. Gareth Blackburn added the extras.

Leeds opened their tally with a own controversial effort, scored from what many spectators thought was a forward pass.

However, Siddal’s pack continued to dominate and the elusive Emmerson Newburn kept the score board ticking over, his try converted by reliable Blackburn.

Daniel Keane and the classy Garrod added tries before East Leeds hit back just before half time the take the score at the break to 12-28.

The home side started the second half in an enthusiastic and determined manner and closed the gap with two tries in the opening 10 minutes.

However, Siddal upped their game and sustained pressure forced a string of mistakes from the home side, culminating in a penalty from Blackburn which took the gap out to eight points.

Siddal continued to turn the screw leading to further errors, a knock on giving Daniel Williams the chance the muscle over under the posts.

Blackburn and Hamish Barnes extended the lead and Garrod ghosted through a static defence to complete his hat-trick, Blackburn finishing with eight goals.

Prop Iain Davies was man of the match for Siddal, who are away to a West Hull side who have also started well next week.

Elland upset the odds with a fine 31-10 win away to Stanley Rangers in Division Two.

Karl Fairbank’s side were registering only their second win in six outings this season but did so in style, running away with the game in the second half after leading 10-4 at the break.

They had six separate try scorers - Steve Brocklehurst, Oliver Fairbank, Ben Hinsley, Phil Taylor, Joe Fradgley and Tom Harnett while Taylor kicked three goals and a drop goal.

Dean Avis and Cayci Pearson also kicked a goal each as Elland climbed to seventh.

Inactive Ovenden slipped a place to third as Pilkington Recs beat visitors Oldham St Annes 34-0.

Illingworth won Saturday’s Halifax Championship semi-final with a comfortable 32-6 success over King Cross Park.