Resurgent Siddal face Grand Final conquerors

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Gareth Greenwood’s Siddal host reigning Premier Division champions Thatto Heath in a Grand Final rematch at Chevinedge tomorrow.

Greenwood has now overseen five straight wins since succeeding his older brother Lee, with their latest success an 18-12 win at East Hull - against a side featuring former professionals Lee Radford and Matty Brooks - last weekend.

“Thatto Heath look like a big test, but I think going to East Hull when you’ve been pulling in players at the last minute is a pretty big test too, so it’s nothing we’ve not done already,” said Greenwood.

“We’re right in the mix now at the right end of the table and if we can pick up a win tomorrow and then another one at Wath Brow next week then we’ll be in a very strong position.

“From where we were when I came in, I thought it might take four or five games to turn it round; I didn’t see us winning five straight.

“Everyone’s training well and showing the right attitude and we’ll try and kick on again tomorrow.

“It should be a good game; there’s a bit of needle there I think from last season and it would be nice to get a decent crowd down there with all the ex-players to make a bit of an atmosphere.”

Siddal will be without hooker Craig Sanderson, who is unavailable, but could welcome back prop Gareth English. Oli Marns is also missing.

Jaymes Chapman, Greenwood’s former junior teammate, should also play after making a comeback on Humberside a week ago.

“Jaymes is a player and he went really well, even though it’s been 18 months since he had a game,” said Greenwood.

“His work commitments are unpredictable, but if he can string four or five games together he’ll make a big impact for us.”

Elland take a break from Division Two action this weekend, although coach Karl Fairbank admits he would much prefer his side to be playing.

“When you’re playing okay - not great, but okay - you want to carry things on and keep trying to get better,” said Fairbank, whose side drew 18-18 with Dewsbury Celtic last weekend.

“We’re a young side and we don’t really get much from a week off.”

Fairbank, whose troops are now firmly entrenched in mid-table, regarded the stalemate with Celtic as a point lost rather than a point gained.

“It felt like a loss to us,” he said.