Siddal record convincing win over Miners

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Siddal returned to their Reactiv Park home after three consecutive weeks on the road and celebrated with a 32-8 win over Leigh Miners in the Premier Division of the National Conference.

Returning prop Ross White, his partner Danny Keane and debutant Travis Fiechtner were to the fore for Siddal in the early exchanges as was second row Danny Williams.

Siddal opened the scoring in the 13th minute when stand off Shaun Garrod broke from 40 yards out and gave a scoring pass to centre Dan Patrice.

The Miners hit back in the 26th minute when the Siddal defence stood off scrum half Scott O’Brien who capitalised by shooting through a gap to draw Siddal fullback Gareth Blackburn before giving a scoring pass to the supporting Luke Martin who touched down under the posts.

Jonny Youlds added an easy conversion and five minutes later Youlds increased Miners’ lead to 8-4 when he converted a 40 metre penalty.

Miners had a great opportunity to add to their lead just after the second half restart when they caught the Siddal defence napping but spilled the ball with the line open.

Siddal capitalised immediately when they shifted the ball through several pairs of hands and Garrod squeezed a pass to Blackburn who scored out on the left.

Blackburn added the goal and Siddal were back in front at 10-8.

In the 55th minute, Siddal were in again. Garrod put up a high kick which fell kindly for Garrod to regather himself and score under the posts. Blackburn added the easy goal to take Siddal out to 16-8.

Three minutes later Siddal just about put the game beyond Miners with their third try in seven minutes.

Patrice was the architect with a great 50 yard burst down the middle. He was hauled down just short but the ball was moved to the right for winger Emerson Newburn to score.

At 20-8 Siddal began to open up as the visitors defence visibly tired.

Two more tries in the final 10 minutes were just reward for some great ball handling.

First, hooker Gareth Greenwood began a blind side play which was carried on by Nick Smith, Danny Williams and Richard Lopag who gave the final, scoring pass to substitute Jaymes Chapman.

In the final minute, another fine pass by Williams put centre Lopag in for Siddal’s final try right on the right touchline, Blackburn adding a great conversion.