Siddal continue impressive form

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Siddal maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a convincing victory over highly rated Hunslet Warriors.

Siddal fielded their under 18s trio of Austin Barrowclough, Nial Berrett and Macauley Higgins and all looked completely at home in the senior set-up.

Both sides showed up well in defence during the early stages with Siddal’s Jamie Wrigley, Danny Williams and Matt Batley making their presences felt against the Warriors attackers.

Siddal finally broke the deadlock after 28 minutes when Sean Garrod put full back Chris Brooke through a gap and he drew his opposite number to send Gareth Blackburn in for a try which he also converted for a 6-0 lead.

The Warriors came back at Siddal resulting in scrum half Chris Ross crossing the whitewash from acting half back after good work from Aaron Pratt and Cardon Bravo. Full Back Gary McClennand added the extras to level the score at 6-6 on 33 minutes.

Sean Garrod made another break two minutes before the interval to send Blackburn in for his second try and he added the extras again to open up a 12-6 lead at the break.

Siddal edged further ahead when captain Luke Simeunovich was held short of the line but a neat offload sent in Steve Illingworth for a try. Blackburn again converted to give Siddal a healthy 18-6 lead.

Winger Emerson Newburn, Craig Sanderson and Liam Green all worked hard to break the Warriors defence and that effort paid off for Siddal just after the hour when Illingworth created a gap for second rower James Simeunovich to touch down. Blackburn added the goal to increase the lead to 24-6.

The Warriors narrowed the gap to 24-10 after centre Karl Featherstone crossed for a try after good work from Paul Sedine and Liam Gale before Gareth English produced a barnstorming run to cross between the posts. Blackburn added the extras to make it 30-10 with five minutes remaining.

Hunslet prop forward John Dawson touched down after following up a kick from scrum half Chris Ross, McClennand adding the conversion.

However, it was Siddal who had the final say when Luke Simeunovich weaved his way past several defenders for a deserved try, Blackburn’s conversion completing the victory.