Greenwood is expecting a different test

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SIDDAL coach Lee Greenwood retains his faith in his players, even though he was frustrated by the manner of last week’s National Cup semi-final defeat at home to Queens.

The Chevinedge men return to Conference Premier Division action at home to Leigh East tomorrow (1.30) having been beaten 18-4 six days ago by a predictably powerful Leeds side.

Greenwood said: “It is disappointing when you know how the opposition are going to play, the players are told what to do and it still doesn’t register.”

However, he conceded that mudbath conditions suited a much bigger Queens side and added: “We’ve still got a decent team and once conditions get better we’ll be fine.”

Greenwood is hoping for a firmer playing surface tomorrow for a clash between two of the Conferences leading lights in recent years.

Siddal have plenty of injuries at the moment with Gary Lewis and Luke Garnett added to the casualty list last week and Steve Illingworth, Luke Simeunovich and Gareth Blackburn among those not fit to return.

However, Greenwood believes tomorrow’s visitors have lost plenty of players over the last couple of seasons and that has been reflected in their start to the season.

Easts suffered a fourth defeat in seven outings when losing 36-20 at home to Hull Dockers 13 days ago and Siddal earlier beat them away in the National Cup.

Greenwood is expecting a more sophisticated approach from Leigh after the all-out physical challenge followed by a tactical kick from Queens.

“Our defence needs to get back to it, looking for players running through rather than one-out drives,” add Greenwood, who singled out speedy half-back Danny Kilshaw as someone his men would particularly have to watch.

The Leigh East match is part of a double-header at Chevinedge with the seconds starting an hour later on the top pitch against Cutsyke in the Yorkshire Men’s League’s top section.