Siddal left distraught as Miners clinch comeback win

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Siddal were left empty handed as Leigh Miners Rangers secured a remarkable treble after a stunning comeback secured a 22-20 triumph in the NCL Grand Final.

Winger Ellis Grimes squeezed over in the corner just a few minutes from time to give his side the lead for the first time in a contest which had seen them trail their Halifax-based rivals 20-6 at half-time.

Prop George Ambler crashed over to give Siddal the lead after just two minutes with winger Gareth Blackburn and substitute Iain Davies also crossing in the first period, and centre Gavin Stead landing four goals to help his side take control.

Second-rower Tommy Parkinson replied for the Miners in the sixth minute, with scrum-half Scott O’Brien landing the first of his three goals.

Despite having Matt Astley sin-binned in the 37th minute the Miners returned to the field a different side after the break with centre Connor Partington touching down twice in 12 minutes for tries that man-of-the-match O’Brien converted to get his side within two points of Siddal.

Then with time running out Grimes struck leaving the Leigh defence a few minutes to hold out for a memorable win as they added the NCL title to the previously won Conference Challenge Trophy and League Leaders Trophy.