Siddal joint top of Conference

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Siddal maintained their great form with a 20-16 home victory over high flyers Leigh Miners Rangers to go joint top of the Conference Premier Division table with Wigan St Patricks and Wath Brow.

The visitors pressed for much of the opening 40 minutes and drew first blood just after the quarter hour mark.

Stand off Josh Ward sucked in defenders under the posts and Tom Farrimond fired out a clever pass for Craig Connor to charge onto and crash over the line. Youds added the goal.

Siddal worked hard in defence with Danny Williams, Craig Sanderson and Nick Smith all putting in a shift.

On the half hour mark Miners extended their lead when Youds was taken out as he chased his own up-and-under. The fullback landed the penalty for 8-0.

Siddal’s frustrations deepened just before the break when Chris Brooke was sin-binned for dissent after his own team had been awarded a penalty.

Two minutes after the restart the previously well-shackled Shaun Garrod sold a dummy and cut through the gap to score and halve the deficit.

Siddal had a try chalked off for a forward pass after some scrambled play on the last tackle had opened the Miners’ defence.

The Leigh side nosed 10-4 ahead with a Youds penalty after Ravenscroft had the ball reefed away under the posts.

Within five minutes Siddal were on terms, Garrod scoring again. He broke clear on half-way and then stepped on the gas to beat the chasing defenders for a tremendous solo effort. Shaun Blackburn added the extras.

Connar Clayton, Emerson Newburn and Steve Hope all took the ball up well for the home side.

Sensing their moment, Siddal turned the screw and took the lead for the first time when they went for a power play on the last tackle, moving the ball right for fullback Gareth Blackburn to go over out wide.

With 10 minutes remaining Siddal moved two scores clear. A penalty took play to the Miners’ line and Craig Sim powering through the defence to touch down. Blackburn converted.

Miners had the final say as O’Brien dummied his way through from close range. Youds goaled but a final attack came to nothing and Siddal had a hard-fought victory.

Division Two: Ovenden 26 Crosfields 34, Waterhead 33 Elland 18.