Hard work brings Ovenden rewards as Walsh clinches victory

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Siddal 24

East Hull 0

Siddal started off the new National Conference League summer campaign with a convincing victory over East Hull.

Both side started strongly with Siddal forwards Gareth English and Simeon Hoyle working hard to make ground up the slope.

East Hull’s defence held well with Lee Brown and Chris Lyth putting in a solid shift to keep the hosts at bay.

The first try of the afternoon came after good approach play from half back pair Shaun Garrod and Steve Illingworth which resulted in second rower Matt Batley being held short of the East Hull line.

A quick play the ball resulted in Craig Sanderson sending Scott Law powering over and Gareth Blackburn added the extras to give the home side a 6-0 advantage.

Easts had good spells in the first half with half-backs Scott Partis and Carl Puckering bringing Matt Spencely and Danny Bell on to the ball.

East centre Tommy Brett looked a certain scorer but Siddal full back Scot Caley had other ideas with a superb tackle to hold the visiting player up over the line.

Siddal increased their advantage a minute before the break when Caley found a gap in a tiring defence to touch down to the right of the posts. Chris Brooke converted to give Siddal a 12-0 half-time lead.

It took Siddal just two minutes to register their third try. From a set piece at the scrum, the ball was passed through several sets of hands, resulting in winger Emerson Newburn crossing in the corner.

Gareth Blackburn converted from wide out to stretch the lead to 18-0.

New signing Ross Coates had an encouraging debut with some strong runs and he looked solid in defence.

Scott Law crossed for his second try on the 50th minute when Caley managed to offload in the tackle to send Law over the whitewash.

Again Gareth Blackburn slotted the goal to give the home side a deserved victory.