Greenwood is disappointed by big defeat

Siddal boss Lee Greenwood admitted he had expected his side to have put up more of a fight against Swinton than they did as they slipped to a 66-0 Challenge Cup defeat at Leigh Sports Village.

The Lions scored after two minutes - before the amateurs had even had ball in hand - and it was virtually one way traffic after that.

“It was not easy viewing to be honest,” he said. “I thought it would a lot closer than that - I think everyone expected it to be closer - but two minutes in and the game was lost after 18 tackles and conceding.

“I am disappointed because I thought we were better than that.

“It has been a bit of a wake up call for me and the lads.

“Swinton were clinical. It looks like a thrashing and it was.”

Greenwood added that Siddal sides of the past few years might have fared better and pointed to the size difference between the National Conference Premier outfit and their Championship counterparts as a major reason for the difference in class.

“Maybe we are not as strong a team as we have been in the last few years,” he said.

“Our tackling for the most part was not that bad but when you are having to defend two sets in a row it takes its toll.

“Bar Ian Watson, I think all of Swinton’s players are bigger than ours.

“It is a big ask but from one to 17. They were a class above and there is not much you can do.

“Swinton have not started well in the Championship but they showed the difference between that division and Championship One.

“We needed a Championship One side and results over the weekend have proved that.

“If we had got one of them we might have had a chance of a shock.

“We were looking to give them a game and the most disappointing aspect is that none of the lads have really enjoyed it because no one enjoys getting beaten by that many.

“We are struggling a little bit at half back. Shaun Garrod broke his hand last week and he is our main number six.

“We lost Lee Gudor last year and those two take some replacing.

“You need your best players available to challenging at this level.

“Some of the lads didn’t look out of place but as a team we were just far too small.”

The amateurs’ best spell of the game came early in the second half when they enjoyed a good stint in possession and might have broken their duck.

“The first 10 minutes of the game needed to be like the start of the second half.

“But we only looked like scoring once -and should have scored - but apart from that we didn’t get close really.”

Siddal wore warm-up T-shirts in tribute to former player-coach Mick Shaw who died earlier in the week and there was an impeccably-observed minute’s silence in his memory.

Greenwood admitted it had been a tough few days for everyone at the club.

“It has really been a tough week, finishing with yesterday,” he said. “Some of the lads’ heads were not quite there.”