No complacency for Siddal’s Greenwood

Siddal host Thatto Heath in the Premier Division of the National Conference tomorrow, with boss Gareth Greenwood urging them to maintain their winning momentum.

The Chevinedge side have won their last two games, an impressive Challenge Cup success at East Hull preceding last weekend’s 26-6 home win over Skirlaugh.

And Greenwood is anxious to see that winning streak extended.

“If we can get another win under our belts, we will be starting to build some momentum,” said Greenwood.

“But it is easy to take your foot off the gas after a couple of decent games and all of a sudden instead of being two from three in the league and in the mix, you are one from three and down near the bottom.

“If you relax in this competition and think you can just turn up, you will get beat, it’s as simple as that.

“It’s a fine line, but I hate the thought of us being mediocre. We need to concentrate on performing each week.”

Siddal will be without forward Mark Boothroyd and winger Gareth Blackburn, with Dan Patrice and Emerson Newburn the likely replacements.

Elland, buoyed by opening their Division Two account against Askam last weekend, face a difficult trip to Widnes West Bank tomorrow.

“They’re a good side; when you talk about the teams you’d expect to be up there, they’d be one of them,” said Fairbank, whose side ran out 26-12 home winners over the Cumbrians.

“We looked solid last week, but they scored two tries in the last five minutes, which I wasn’t happy with; 26-0 would have been a lot better.

“I thought Askam were okay, probably the best of the three sides we have played, so it was a solid win.

“We’ll travel with a bit of confidence tomorrow and see how we get on.”

Elland will be without comeback winger Oliver Fairbank, who played his first game for two years last weekend but is unavailable tomorrow, with Liam Manning his expected replacement.

“Oliver’s not played since he left Dewsbury a couple of seasons ago because of shoulder problems,” said Fairbank.

“He went well last week, looked strong and scored a try.

“If his body holds up, hopefully he’ll be with us all year.

“ He’s a quality player and he should make a real difference to us.”