Newburn hat-trick in Siddal win

Siddal maintained their challenge for top spot in the National Conference League with a 36-20 home win over an Outlon Raiders side who have been relegated.

The Chevinedge men are fourth but only one point separates the leading quartet in the Premier Division.

Oulton scored in the first minute when centre Adrian Holdsworth took advantage of a gap in the Siddal defence to touch down.

Siddal replied on the fourth minute when good work from forwards Scott Law and Danny Keane paved the way for full back Scott Caley to cross the whitewash. Gareth Blackburn converted to give Siddal a 6-4 lead.

However, in the 10th minute prop Adam Bishom crashed over for a try for the Raiders which Danny Stanley converted.

Oulton pressed the Siddal line and went further ahead with a Stanley try, which he converted himself, for 6-16 after after 16 minutes.

Siddal soon replied when teenage stand off Joe Martin followed his own kick through the Raiders defence to touch down. Blackburn narrowed the gap to four points with the conversion.

In the second half Siddal began to dominate and after four minutes centre Jaymes Chapman powered his way over wide out to level the scores.

Three minutes later Caley and Richard Lopag combined to create a try for winger Emerson Newburn, Blackburn’s kick making it 22-16.

On 55 minutes Newburn crossed for his second try after good work from Gareth Greenwood and Chris Brooke. Blackburn converted.

Newburn completed his hat-trick with a well taken pass off Scott Caley to give the home side a commanding 32-16 lead after 58 minutes.

Centre Lopag was rewarded for his hard work when he spotted a gap in the tired Raiders defence to touch down.

However, Raiders had the last word through winger Jamie Bell, who crossed wide out.