Siddal beat Lane in opener

Chris Brooke for Siddal against Lock Lane
Chris Brooke for Siddal against Lock Lane

Siddal travel to old rivals Leigh Miners Rangers on Saturday with confidence high after a promising start to their National Conference League season.

The Chevinedge men were 26-18 home winners over last season’s third-placed finishers, resisting a strong fightback from the visitors after leading 20-0 at half time.

Both teams started well but Siddal drew first blood when winger Scott Caley slid through Lane’s defence to cross wide out.

Caley added a quick second from a short pass from in-form Shaun Garrod. Both conversions were missed.

Richard Lopag extended the home lead and when the elusive Emmerson Newburn bagged Siddal’s fourth try, Gareth Blackburn converting both, a runaway success looked on the cards.

Siddal again struck early in the second half when industrious second row Travis Fiechtner charged over, Blackburn converting.

However, Lock Lane then got the bit between their teeth with scores for Jack Beddis and James Cryer, Danny Rowse converting both.

Chris Siddons added to the visitors’ tally, leaving Siddal’s players and supporters to weather a tense final few minutes.

Ovenden took the spoils 14-0 away to Elland in a Division Two derby match.

In the Pennine League, Championship One leaders Illingworth were given a real scare by hosts Bentley Good Companions.

The Mason Green men won a thriller in South Yorkshire by 32-31.

Their prospects looked bleak when they trailed 22-10 after conceding three tries in 10 minutes in the first half.

A Kev Smith try helped close the gap to six points at the break and Jack Bradbury scored a hat-trick of tries in the second half.

But the Halifax side still had to hold their breath in the closing stages after Bentley’s full back Craig Whincop had crossed in the corner, the conversion attempt drifting narrowly wide.

It was a black day for local clubs in the quarter finals of the Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy with Greetland All Rounders losing 30-28 to West Leeds, Siddal crashing 54-4 at Crigglestone-Kettlethorpe and Stainland Stags being walloped 72-2 at Doncaster Toll Bar.

Brighouse Rangers bowed out of the Pennine Presidents Cup by 54-28 at home to Methley Royals.