Siddal host Myton in top of the table showdown

Siddal host Myton Warriors tomorrow in a game that could be pivotal to their chances of topping the National Conference Premier Division.

The Humberside outfit currently trail Gareth Greenwood’s side - who are level on points with Wigan St Patricks at the head of the pack - by two points, although they have three games in hand.

“If they win, they’ll be level with us and still have those games to play,” said Greenwood.

“It’s a pretty big game in terms of the league season so we’ll be going for the win.

“They’re obviously a decent side.”

Siddal, who won 40-10 at Saddleworth last weekend, could welcome back Richard Lopag, Mark Boothroyd, Liam Green and Scott Caley, who all missed the trip across the Pennines.

“The fact we didn’t have those four made it an even better win,” said Greenwood.

“It was a pretty tight pitch, they were fairly fired up and there was a lot going on out there.

“We had a young ref who went pretty well; it was a fairly intimidating atmosphere and I’m not sure I’d have liked to have reffed that game at that age.

“In the end, we did well to ignore it and concentrate on the game.”

Ovenden could welcome back former player-coach Chris Hartley for tomorrow’s trip to Dewsbury Celtic in Division Two of the National Conference.

But this season’s player-boss Gareth Jones will definitely be sidelined after injuring his knee in last weekend’s 42-10 reverse at Shaw Cross.

“Hopefully, we’ll have Chris back,” said Jones, who has already lost two of his frontline players - Tom Palmer and Matthew Turner - with season-ending injuries.

“He’s been away but should be back in contention which would give us a boost because he’s an experienced player.

“There’s no way I’ll be playing and I’m not sure whether I’ll play again this season; I just felt something go in my knee so I’m now waiting for an MRI scan.

“I’m on crutches at the moment, so it’s not looking good.”

Jones stood by his pledge to field a young side at Shaw Cross, but he admitted the pace of the game eventually caught up with them.

“They played really well early on,” said Jones, who has seen the Four Fields side drop off the pace in recent weeks after being among the early pace-setters for promotion.

“But it’s difficult to sustain that over the 80 minutes and in the end they ran away with it a little bit.

“We’re not in a great position at the moment in terms of numbers, so we’ll see what kind of team we can get together.”