New Siddal coach Gareth Greenwood got off to a perfect start with a 36-12 home victory over second placed Ince Rose Bridge in the National Conference League’s top division on Saturday.
In spite of the absence of a handful of first team regulars, Siddal’s work ethic earned them rewards.
Siddal set out their stall early on when fullback Scott Caley combined with the ever-improving Richard Lopag to send winger Emerson Newburn over in the corner. Scrum half Chris Brooke converted.
Greenwood’s men had to defend their line for spells in the first half as Rose Bridge hooker Keeran Malone and stand off Kieron Eccleston created openings. However, a fine tackling effort led by skipper Nick Smith, Liam Green and Simeon Hoyle denied the visitors chances.
Siddal’s expansive football continued with centre Gareth Blackburn, Rob Bradley and Shaun Garrod combining, resulting in Caley finding a gap to cross for a try. Brooke’s kick made it 12-0 after 18 minutes.
Newburn raced on to a superb long ball from Brooke and went over but referee Adam Gill ruled a forward pass.
haun Blackburn, Caley and Newburn all returned the ball well from deep kicks by Rose Bridge.
On 32 minutes Garrod supplied a clever inside ball to Caley, who went over for his second try. Brooke converted to make it 18-0.
On the stroke of half-time Garrod kicked high and deep into the Rose Bridge half . Full back Nathan Penny fumbled and the chasing Danny Williams pounced for a 22-0 advantage.
Substitutes Peter Howard, Mathew Price and Craig Sim all made an impression when they came off the bench.
Ten minutes into the second period Caley and Lopag again combined to sent in Newburn for his second try wide on the right to increase the lead to 26-0.
Rose Bridge rallied well, scoring two tries in five minutes.
A neat move resulted in hooker Malone going under the posts and Kenny Baker converted. Five minutes later Chris Boylan made a break and drew full back Caley to send in Kieron Eccleston for a try. Baker’s kick made it 26-12.
Matt Batley and Luke Garnett both worked hard in attack for Siddal, who scored the next critical try through Brooke, after Lopag had put in a big tackle on Bridge centre Lee Jones, who spilt the ball.
Brooke’s conversion made it 30-12 with 10 minutes left and Danny Williams put the icing on the cake when latching on to a Simeon Hoyle ball on the blind side.