Greenwood demands more as play offs loom

Siddal coach Gareth Greenwood has told his players to raise their game in tomorrow’s Premier Division fixture against Hull Dockers.

The National Conference Premier Division high flyers welcome the Humbersiders to Chevinedge on the back of last weekend’s 36-20 home win over Oulton.

Victory kept Greenwood’s side on track for a potential shot at clinching first place on the ladder at West Hull next weekend, but their coach was less than happy with the number of points scored by the relegation-threatened visitors.

“I don’t like it when the score gets over 10 points,” said Greenwood.

“For me, that is not what you need to be doing if you are seriously thinking about winning Grand Finals in the next few weeks.

“Once you start conceding 20 points every week, even if you are winning games, it means that at some point you are going to get done.

“It also shows that either the attitude is not 100 per cent on game day or you are not training properly.

“We know what we’re doing through the week, which means it’s about turning up on a Saturday with our heads on ready to play.”

Greenwood could move himself into the half back role tomorrow with Shaun Garrod unavailable for the second consecutive week, while threequarter turned loose forward Oli Marns has unsurprisingly been ruled out for the year after undergoing surgery on his broken jaw.

“We had young Joe Martin at half back last weekend and while he did well, I think we might benefit from having a bit of experience there,” said Greenwood.

“I obviously know all the calls and how I want us to play, so it’s something we might try.”

Uncertainty continues to surround the availability of prop Scott Law, who is believed to have signed with Championship side Keighley for 2013.

The former Halifax player only returned from a summer stint in Australia in the middle of last week and is not expected to finish the season with Siddal.

“I think Scott feels he needs a break,” admitted Greenwood.

“It would be a blow to lose him, because we’re short of front rowers and he’s such a good player at this level.

“But if that’s what he wants to do, I’ll respect that.

“I’m still hoping he might change his mind, but I’m not expecting it.”