Greenwood keeps lid on Cup expectations

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Siddal coach Gareth Greenwood has modest expectations ahead of Sunday’s Challenge Cup showdown with the professionals of Championship side Keighley.

The two sides meet at Huddersfield YMCA’s ground (3.30), with Siddal’s recent Cup heritage - they have beaten Doncaster and almost toppled Swinton in recent years - likely to have casual observers entertaining hopes of an upset.

But for Greeenwood, last season’s 60-point hammering by Swinton at LSV, inflicted before he took the reins from his brother, Lee, remains a more pertinent memory.

“We just want to make a go of it and not be embarrassed like we were last year,” said Greenwood, who played half a dozen games on loan for the Cougars in 2005.

“If we can do that, and show at times in the game that we can play a little bit, then I think that’s all we can ask for.”

The tie was was Siddal’s ‘home’ game, and Greenwood admits the decision to go to YMCA rather than take the obvious option and reverse the fixture to Cougar Park was not clear cut.

“We’re happy to be going up there, because it’s a neutral venue and not somewhere they will be used to playing,” said Greenwood, who expects to select from a near-full strength squad.

“That might help us, but then again it’s a big, wide, flat field and that will favour them.

“Would we have been better to go down there and play on a narrow pitch?

“I don’t know, we’ll just have to see how it works out for us.”

Siddal warmed up with a 26-10 National Conference win at York Acorn last weekend to maintain their early season form.

“It was a seven out of 10 kind of performance, not great but not panic stations either,” said Greenwood.

“We made a good start, got some early tries then eased off a bit and ended up in a bit of an arm wrestle.

“At this stage of the season, I am just happy we keep picking up the wins.”

One of Greenwood’s major selection dilemmas this weekend is whether to include himself in his matchday 17.

“It’s a tough one, but I’ll speak to a few of the lads about it and see how they feel,” he said.

“But I’m under no illusions I’m going to go out there and start making breaks left, right and centre.”