Newburn hat-trick helps Siddal soar

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Siddal’s great form under new coach Gareth Greenwood continued when they made it six wins on the trot with a 20-18 home win over Thatto Heath Crusaders on Saturday.

Their win over the powerful St Helens side elevated them to joint top of the Premier Division in the National Conference League with Wigan St Patricks.

The home side showed their intent as early as the second minute when a move from a scrum resulted in Richard Lopag sending his winger Emerson Newburn in for a try wide out.

On the 11th minute Newburn crossed to make it 8-0 after half backs Chris Brooke and Shaun Garrod had combined well.

Siddal appeared to have increased their lead when winger Gareth Blackburn went over in the corner but referee Mr Mannifield ruled that the ball had not been grounded correctly.

As half time approached Siddal had to defend five sets on their own line with back row forwards Jaymes Chapman, Oli Marns and Danny Williams all working hard.

The Crusaders eventually crossed the line from the last play of the first period, lively hooker Alex McClurg burrowing his way through the defence.

Full back Shaun Quinn converted to give a half time score of 8-6 in Siddal’s favour.

Three minutes into the second half McClurg weaved his way through woeful Siddal defence to touch down under the posts. Quinn converted to nose the visitors into a 12-8 lead.

Siddal tried hard with centre Lee Greenwood, Liam Green and Rob Bradley working hard in attack against the resilient Thatto defence.

On the 51st minute a quick tap penalty by hooker Andrew Fox resulted in wingman Newburn completing his hat-trick to level the scores at 12-12.

Thatto regained the lead on 64 minutes with a penalty in front of the posts but Brooke made it 14-14 with a well struck kick with eight minutes remaining.

Three minutes before the final whistle full back Scott Caley made a break in the Thatto half and drew full back Quinn to send captain Nick Smith racing over for a try.

Brooke converted to give the home side a 20-14 advantage.

From the restart Thatto Heath managed to regain possession and kept the ball alive, resulting in winger Joe Walsh crossing over in the corner.

However, Quinn’s conversion attempt went wide to the relief of the home players and supporters.

Division Two: Ovenden 24 Waterhead 44.