Plenty on the line as Siddal hunt Cup glory

Siddal coach Gareth Greenwood has tagged tomorrow’s second round Challenge Cup tie at East Hull as a “massive” game for the Chevinedge club.

Victory over Easts, the team they beat to win the 2009 National Conference Grand Final, would put Siddal into the third round alongside the professionals of the Championship.

“You can dress it up anyway you like, but the bottom line is that it is a massive game for both clubs,” said Greenwood, whose brother Lee coached Siddal to a stunning fourth round win over Championship One professionals Doncaster two years ago.

“It’s the Challenge Cup and both teams are going to be really up for it because there’s a big prize on offer.

“We’re going there expecting a tough, close game and I’m sure that’s exactly what we’re going to get.”

Siddal will be gunning for their first competitive win of the season tomorrow after losing out 17-16 in their league opener at Leigh Miners last weekend.

“It wasn’t the greatest, but we defended really well and we were leading 16-15 with five to go,” said Greenwood.

“They ended up with a penalty and kicked it to take the points, which was pretty frustrating because we felt we had been getting a hard time off the referee all game.”

Siddal will be without Emerson Newburn and Jabe Dennis tomorrow, although Greenwood is hoping that Ross White, Jaymes Chapman and Danny Patrice, who were all unavailable for the opener, will be on deck for the long drive east.

Greenwood could also select himself, although another Greenwood - the unrelated former Greetland player Ross, whose career has been dogged by a series of serious knee injuries - is definitely out.

“I’m weighing it up a week at a time at the moment, whether it’s better to be playing or coaching,” said Greenwood.

“Ross hurt his knee again last week and he’s pretty convinced it’s gone again.

“If that’s the case, he says that will be it for him.

“It’s tough, because he’s worked really hard and done everything right to get himself into condition to play again.”

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