SIDDAL coach Lee Greenwood confessed he is wary of National Conference new boys Widnes West Bank ahead of tomorrow’s quarter final showdown at Chevinedge.
The Cheshire side, who stepped up from the North West Counties League this autumn, have won all 12 of their matches in the shortened season that will bridge the gap to the switch to summer in 2012.
“Winning 12 games straight at any level takes some doing,” admitted Greenwood, whose Premier Division big guns have lost just once, against Hunslet Warriors.
“They are new to the competition and they probably saw this as a good chance to put a marker down for next season and they have certainly done that.
“They’ve not had the hardest group, but they’re obviously doing something right judging by the results they’ve been getting.
“Having said that, we’re a different kettle of fish to the sides they’ve been playing and I’m confident that we’ll have enough to get through if we perform.
“We’re used to playing the game at a much faster pace than they are and it will be interesting to see how well they cope with that.”
Greenwood admitted the sudden-death last eight clash had brought a welcome edge to this week’s preparation.
“It’s been difficult for people to stay motivated because it was obvious after three or four games that it wasn’t going to be difficult to qualify,” said Greenwood.
“I think everyone is looking forward to playing in a more intense game this weekend.
“We want to do well.”
Siddal will be without full back Scott Caley, who has a shoulder injury that could rule him out until the New Year, while James Simeunovich and Craig Sanderson are unavailable.
On the plus side, Luke Simeunovich, Gareth English and Danny Williams all return to the side after one week absences.
“It’s going to be a strong side,” said Greenwood.
OVENDEN Ladies are still on the lookout for players as they prepare for the March to November summer league.
They train at Four Fields on Tuesdays, from 7.0 to 8.0, and anyone interested can contact Andrew Perry on 07578 150955