Siddal go gunning for top spot on Humberside

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Siddal will shoot for top spot in the National Conference when they head to fellow title chasers West Hull tomorrow for their final league fixture.

Victory would guarantee Gareth Greenwood’s Premier Division side a minimum of a third-placed finish and at best could deliver the League Leaders’ prize, depending on the results of Myton’s game at Thatto Heath and Wath Brow’s trip to Leigh Miners.

On the flip side, defeat on Humberside could send Greenwood’s team down as low as fifth ahead of the start of the play offs.

“I don’t think I have ever seen a table like it going into the final game,” said Greenwood, who has inspired a remarkable reversal in fortunes since taking over from his older brother Lee earlier in the year.

“There are so many scenarios that it’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen.

“At the moment, it looks like anybody’s title to win.

“Ideally, I’d like us to end up with home advantage for a Grand Final place, which means finishing first or second.

“But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt this year, it is that when you focus too much on all those ifs and buts you tend to go away from all the little boring text book things that win you games in the first place.

“We just need to concentrate on our game and getting the win.

“After that, it’s down to results elsewhere.”

Siddal could welcome back half back Shaun Garrod, who has been absent for the last three weeks, although Greenwood himself is likely to start the game at the scrum base for a second successive week.

“I felt good last week; it was the first time in four years I have played 80 minutes,” said Greenwood, who has been dogged by knee problems since leaving his last professional club, Batley.

“I’d almost given up on this year, but on Saturday I actually felt ‘I am going to be able to play properly again’.

“We’ve got me, Garrod and young Joe Martin for those half back places now and it will come down to form and how we want to play.

“We have a few options there now.”

Greenwood is also hoping prop Scott Law will play “one more game” before taking his winter break.

“It’s 50/50; I have asked him and we’ll see what he does,” said Greenwood.

West Leeds 38

Stainland Stags 26

A young Stainland side, superbly led by Ben Manning, gave the Division Three leaders a real run for their money.

The Stags led at half time, before finally being edged out inside the last 10 minutes.

Rick Doyne and Manning both touched down twice, with Tom Williams also on the scoresheet. Sam Oddy kicked three conversions.

Sixteen year old Gareth Nicholson and Bradley Noble, 18, both turned in strong performances.