Siddal wary of old foes in cup

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SIDDAL should need no reminding of the threat posed by resurgent hosts Rochdale Mayfield in the second round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup tomorrow (1.30).

The red rose outfit may play a division lower then the Chevinedge men nowadays but they have inflicted no end of damage on Siddal’s league and cup hopes in recent years.

Lee Greenwood recalls two cup exits in quick succession at the hands of Mayfield, plus two league losses, before Siddal redressed the balance somewhat as the Lancashire side were dropping out of the Premier Division.

A possible lucrative tie against a professional club awaits tomorrow’s winners and Siddal coach Greenwood knows his side will have to kick their habit of blowing hot and cold in matches.

Although Siddal eventually saw off Eastmoor Dragons 58-18 in the first round last Sunday they gave a lacklustre performance for the first 40 minutes and were more than matched by the Conference second division outfit.

Greenwood knows Siddal are likely to come unstuck with a repeat against stronger opponents and while he does his best to motivate the players, he believes it is up to them to turn up in the right frame of mind.

“There has been plenty of rivalry between the teams in the last few years. If we are not up for it they will turn us over,” he said.

The visitors will have to manage without BARLA international Lee Gudor tomorrow. The half-back has an elbow injury and Greenwood will select from Simeon Hoyle, Chris Brooke and Steve Illingworth, who was ill last week, for the scrum half and stand off berths.

There could be other changes after Sunday’s below-par effort with Luke Garnett, Andy Bowman and Mark Boothroyd in contention for places.

Mayfield included ex-Halifax player Damian Gibson when they won narrowly at Ovenden in the preliminary round and with overseas players in their ranks show every sign of throwing money at their operation.

They beat Warrington side Bank Quay Bulls 38-14 in the first round with player-coach Sam Butterworth in good form and have won eight games out of 12 in the middle section of the Conference.