Siddal’s big finish decisive

Siddal's Liam Green
Siddal's Liam Green

Siddal made it four wins in a row under new coach Gareth Greenwood with a 24-16 home win over West Hull in the Premier Division of the National Conference League on Saturday.

They had to dig deep, however, having trailed 16-6 after 55 minutes.

Oli Marns, Matthew Batley and Danny Williams all made inroads into the West Hull defence in the scoreless opening quarter.

The visitors then took the lead, lively scrum half Lee Williams sending second rower Dean Thompson through a gap for centre Lewis Jackson to go over the line.

Stand off Ian Kerman converted to give West Hull a 6-0 lead after 23 minutes.

Four minutes before the interval Shaun Garrod dummied his way through a West Hull defence requiring a breather to race between the posts. Chris Brooke levelled the score with the kick.

After the interval West Hull looked the more dangerous but strong tackling from Nick Smith, Liam Green and Craig Sanderson help keep them at bay.

Eventually the deadlock was broken when Lee Williams chipped over the Siddal line, regathered and sent half back partner Kerman in for a try. Kerman’s kick made it 12-6 after 48 minutes.

West Hull went further ahead on 55 minutes. Again Williams was involved with a kick deep into the Siddal half and winger Chris Whinn to out-jumped the Siddal defenders and touched down.

Siddal rallied well and began to wear down West’s defence with good work from Luke Garnett, Steve Illingworth and Tom Garrett.

Brooke created an opening for Scott Caley to race onto the ball and go through a gap for a try to narrow the gap at 10-16.

On 68 minutes Brooke kicked through the West defence for winger Emerson Newburn to score in the corner.

Siddal’s hard work paid off when a neat kick over the Hull line was gathered by Richard Lopag, who showed some class with a clever jink to nose the home side ahead at 18-16.

With three minutes remaining Siddal ensured victory when Lopag sent his winger Newburn over in the corner. Shaun Blackburn converted.