Siddal bounce back in style

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Siddal responded well to the previous’s week’s defeat at Leigh East with a commanding 30-18 victory over high-flying Wigan St Patricks in the top section of the National Conference League on Saturday.

With only five games of the regular season remaining, Siddal are looking good for a play-off spot.

In the third minute influential Shaun Garrod created a gap for winger Gareth Blackburn, who crossed over wide out to give the home side a 4-0 advantage.

Both sides worked hard in the hot conditions, Liam Green, Oli Marns and young full back Joe Martin being prominent for Siddal.

The home lead was increased after 15 minutes when centre Richard Lopag sent his winger Emerson Newburn racing through on a 30 metre sprint to the line. Blackburn converted to give his side a deserved 10-0 lead.

St Pats replied with try from full back Anthony Atherton, who gathered a loose ball deep in the Siddal half. Scrum half Dean Hatton converted to narrow the gap to four points.

Just before half time Blackburn kicked a penalty awarded for ball stealing to make it 12-6 at the interval.

St Pats narrowed the gap on 55 minutes when scrum half Dean Hatton dodged his way through, taking advantage of woeful defending, to nip in under the posts. Hatton made it 12-12 with the conversion.

Siddal slowly began to grid the visitors down with good work from Shaun Blackburn, Steve Illingworth and Gareth English.

Their hard-working young prop Danny Keane was rewarded with the first of his two tries after latching onto a pass from hooker Andrew Fox.

Gareth Blackburn’s kick nosed Siddal ahead at 18-12 and he gave Siddal an eight point cushion with a penalty on 68 minutes.

Keane crossed for his second try with a barnstorming charge off a clever pass from Garrod. Again Gareth Blackburn converted to increase the lead to 26-12 with seven minutes remaining.

After good approach work from Mark Boothroyd, skipper Nick Smith made a charge down the left hand side to send in young centre Tom Shaw.

St Pats never threw in the towel and centre Dec McLoughlin crossed, hooker Anthony Griffiths converting superbly from the touchline.

Siddal’s next fixture is on Tuesday, September 18 at Ince Rose Bridge (7.30).