National Conference: Siddal win again, Ovenden slip up

Elland's Jack Fairbank
Elland's Jack Fairbank
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East Hull 12 Siddal 18

The hosts were on the back foot as early as the second minute of this National Conference Premier Division contest, Siddal half back Chris Brooke hoisting a high ball close to the East Hull line and full back Scott Caley beating opposite number Mat Spenceley in a mid-air challenge to race in to the left of the posts for a 0-4 lead.

The visitors found themselves further ahead on 12 minutes when Easts winger Danny McDonald spilled the ball and second row forward Danny Williams touched down for the easiest of tries to increase the lead to 0-8.

On 17 minutes, Easts centre Jamie Edwards shot out of the defensive line and missed his man and Siddal half back Shaun Garrod ghosted in from 30 metres him to make it 0-12.

The introduction of the former Hull FC player Lee Radford provided the hosts with some encouraging go forward and Easts did get back into the game when a long cut out pass from Scott Partis found Winger Ryan Spouse, who crashed in at the corner, Carl Puckering adding the extras from the touchline to cut Siddal’s advantage to 6-12 at the break.

Siddal scored the vital first try in the second half after a break from deep by centre Mat Batley, the supporting Caley sending the impressive Andrew Fox racing in under the post for a 6-18 lead.

The hosts got themselves back into the game when half back Matty Brookes danced his way through four defenders to score under the posts, Carl Puckering adding the extras for a 12 -18 score line, but Siddal held on for a deserved victory.

Elsewhere in the Conference, Ovenden - who started the weekend on top of the table - slipped back to third in Division Two after a 28-10 defeat at long-time leaders East Leeds.

But it is Dewsbury side Shaw Cross who now lead the pack, with Gareth Jones’ side just two points off the pace.

Elland consolidated their mid-table status with an 18-18 draw against Dewsbury Celtic at Greetland.