Siddal A 40
Whitehall Warriors 22
Siddal’s second team showed Whitehall Warriors what to expect from the step up to Division Four in the first match of the Pennine League Winter season.
Siddal went ahead after only 10 minutes when the slick handling of Chris Harding and Jason Blackburn put Dom Patrice under the sticks.
Whitehall lifted their game and the tackling of Andrew Johnson, Ryan Brooks and new signing Joe Fee, brought their side back into the contest.
Blockbusting runs from Nat Greenwood and Richard Ingham took Whitehall downfield and Jamie Holroyd picked up a long pass to go over wide out but Siddal hit straight back with a trio of tries from Paul Long, Domanic Booth and a second to Patrice.
Whitehall fought back and before the half time whistle Dan Kelly rallied his side. Paul Stead fired out a long ball to Greenwood and he sent wingman, John Sagar, on a weaving run to score, Holroyd’s kick reducing the deficit to 22-10 at the break.
Despite the defensive efforts of Keiran Stafford, Ash Cain and Simon Howland, Siddal crossed the line twice more with tries to Sean Challoner and Patrice completed his hat trick, extending their lead to 34-10.
Half backs Stead, livewire John Handscomb and debutant Dom Guiry earned Whitehall a 20 minute purple patch and along ball from Stead led to a Handscomb step and James Spivey coasted in. Luke Sagar, Howland and Mark Bolger then upped their game to take the Warriors to the Siddal line and a great set piece move from Stead sent Greenwood crashing over the line.
With two Stead goal kicks the score was pulled back to 34-22 and Siddal were clearly rattled as they got a man sin-binned for arguing with the referee.
Whitehall threw everything into attack to try to steal the game, but centre Jonny Moore counter attacked and sent his wingman, Domanic Booth in to complete a fine Siddal victory.