Siddal, Elland bow out of Challenge Cup as Fax prepare to come in

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Siddal, who open their Premier Division season at home to Lock Lane on Saturday (2.30) crashed out of the Challenge Cup with a 42-8 loss to a determined performance from a strong Hull Dockers side.

The match started brightly with Emmerson Newburn crossing the whitewash from a well timed pass from Richard Lopag three minutes in. Both teams were getting stuck in early setting the scene for what looked like was going to be close match and bruising physical encounter.

The home time chalked up their first score back 14 minutes later when James Beaumont scored with Chris Stephenson adding the extras. This was followed up when loose forward Craig Render crossed in the 28th minute, Stephenson again converting.

Hamish Barnes had a try controversially disallowed following an offside call from the assistant referee four minutes later to leave the half time score at 18-4.

Traffic was also one-way for the majority of the second half with Dockers’ Ryan Esders kicking off two minutes in when took advantage of some sloppy defence from the visitors when he cruised through the Siddal line to cross the whitewash.

This was duly converted by Stephenson who then increase the gap when he followed up with a score of his own 10 minutes later whilst hooker Craig Johnson also added one of his own.

Siddal added a glimmer of respectability to the scoreline when Lopag leapt to win a high ball for a brilliant solo score. Chris Brooke missing the conversion. Dockers then hit back with a converted Jon Eccles try to close the scoring.

Karl Fairbank’s Elland fared better at Premier Division big guns Wath Brow, slipping to a 12-6 loss against highly rated opposition.

The draw for the third round of the competition, which will see the Championship clubs join the amateurs in the hat, takes place tonight at 6.10pm.