Garrod: Top two finish is drifting out of reach

Siddal stand off Shaun Garrod all but closed the door on a top two finish in the Premier Division of the National Conference after Wednesday night’s 20-4 loss at Castleford Lock Lane.

The Chevinedge side, who slaughtered East Hull 46-6 at home last weekend, remain in the top six, but are now five points shy of leading pair Lane and Thatto Heath with a handful of games remaining.

“I think the top two might be out of our reach now; It’s a big ask and I think we’re relying on the other sides to lose too many games,” said Garrod.

“But it’s still very close between all the sides in the top six and a lot of us have still to play each other.

“We’d like to think we can still make third or fourth, which would give us a home game in the play offs and then a one-off away trip for a Grand Final place.

“There’s a big difference between that and fifth or sixth when you’re on the road every week.”

Garrod remained upbeat about Wednesday’s performance, despite the final result.

But he identified ball control as the difference between that game and the thumping win over Easts.

“They were both close at half time; we were 8-4 down on Wednesday and 12-6 ahead on Saturday,” he said.

“But where we got a couple of quick tries on Saturday and our confidence grew, we just put too much ball down.

“That’s been the story of our season really.”

Siddal are next in action at Wigan St Patricks on Saturday week.