Siddal out to exploit any weakness

LEE Greenwood will send his Siddal side out against Swinton at Leigh Sports Village tomorrow (2.0) seeking to sow the seeds of doubt in the minds of last season’s Championship One winners.

Steve McCormack’s side have lost both their opening Championship fixtures and Greenwood believes the longer his National Conference amateurs can stay in touch, the more strain it will put on the Lions’ brittle confidence.

“I’ve been on both sides of these games, and the pros are always expected to have it won after 20 minutes,” said Greenwood.

“If that doesn’t happen, it’s easy to start worrying about it and letting it play on your mind.

“We shouldn’t be able to beat them, should we? They didn’t win their league last season at a canter without being a good side.

“But if we can hang in there for long enough, control the ball and keep our discipline, then I am sure we can give them a game.

“There is no pressure on us, that’s for sure. But for Swinton, this is a game they need to win, not just to go through but for their own confidence levels.”

Siddal have an additional motivation after the passing earlier this week of their former player and coach Mick Shaw.

A minute’s silence will be held before kick off, and Greenwood admitted he is unsure what effect the 36 year old’s death will have.

“It’s been a massive shock for everyone,” said Greenwood.

“I honestly don’t know what kind of state of mind the players are going to be in.

“But I know Mick would have wanted us to get out there and have a go, so that’s what we’re going to do.”

Greenwood could welcome back key forward Luke Simeunovich after injury, but will definitely be without stand off Shaun Garrod, who has a broken hand, and winger Steve Hope, who has a shin injury.