Siddal head to Ince Rose Bridge in the Premier Division of the National Conference tomorrow looking to atone for a bizarre and disastrous performance at Thatto Heath last weekend.
Gareth Greenwood’s side, beaten at home by struggling Myton a week earlier, trailed 42-0 at half time against the St Helens outfit, before rallying in the second period on the way to a 60-24 defeat.
“We let a try in on the first set, turned the ball over in the next three and they’d scored four times in the first eight minutes,” lamented Greenwood.
“After that, we just looked shell shocked and caved in.
“Initially, I was pretty speechless at half time because I hadn’t seen it coming.
“The first thing we did was speak a few truths, because that was definitely necessary.
“The second thing I told them was to go out and win the second half, because if they didn’t they’d never forget what had happened.”
Siddal’s revival at least prevented complete humiliation, while tomorrow’s fixture - on paper at least - should provide the chance to get back in the winner’s circle.
But Greenwood, who had “16 or 17” players unavailable last weekend, is taking nothing at face value.
“They’re not going that well, they’re down there towards the bottom of the table,” he said.
“But who are we to talk about teams not going well; we’ve been beaten by the side at the bottom and leaked 60 points in the last two weeks.
“I don’t know how we’ll go.
“We just need to try and maintain the momentum from the second half last weekend and try and get some confidence back.”
Greenwood will be without the former Halifax and Oldham forward Richard Mervill, who starred last week.
“Richard’s been out of the game for a couple of years because he joined the fire service,” said Greenwood. “He was good for us last week, but he’s unavailable for the next six games or so.”