Siddal slip to third

Siddal’s quest for top spot in the National Conference League’s Premier Division at the end of the season took a knock when the Halifax side were beaten 36-22 at Leigh East on Saturday.

The out-of-sorts visitors, now third, could have no complaints as their old rivals were the better side over the 80 minutes.

Easts struck first, the evergreen Danny Kilshaw outwitting the Siddal defence to touch down out wide. Hooker Kerrod Selmes converted to make it 6-0 after eight minutes.

Siddal struggled to break the Easts defence even though Oli Marns, Liam Green and Danny Keane were taking the ball up well. Eventually Siddal crossed the whitewash after Andrew Fox’s high kick into the corner was collected by Emerson Newburn on 14 minutes.

Siddal began to gain more possession as the half progressed and on 26 minutes Gareth English drew in the defence for full back Scott Caley to latch onto a neat pass and race under the posts. Gareth Blackburn added the extras to give Siddal a 10-6 lead.

Poor discipline by the visitors allowed Leigh East to make ground and Dean Balmer off-loaded for Adam Wilkes to score on the half hour mark. Selmes again converted to give the home side a 12-10 lead, which they held until half-time.

Two minutes into the second period, Kilshaw put Adrian Dootson over the line for a try. Centre Thomas Worthington converted to make it 18-10.

Easts’ domination of the possession began to tell, winger Kevin Murphy crossing wide out on 55 minutes. Selmes converted from the touchline to extend the lead to 22-10.

Siddal tried to get back into the game with Conference player of the month Shaun Garrod, Nick Smith and Danny Williams working hard.

On the hour mark the home side increased their lead when second rower Carl Redford put centre Thomas Worthington over. Selmes’ kick made it 30-10 lead and he added a penalty on 70 minutes after Siddal were penalised for interference at the play of the ball.

Two minutes later winger Jermaine Allen added further discomfort to Siddal’s afternoon with an unconverted try wide out.

At least Siddal didn’t throw in the towel. Centre Richard Lopag outpaced the defence to touch down, Blackburn adding the goal on 75 minutes.

Just before the final whistle a high Blackburn kick was knocked on by the Easts defence and English took advantage to score, Blackburn’s conversion completing the scoring.

Siddal host Wigan St Patricks next Saturday.

Ovenden’s slide down the Division Two table continued with a 42-14 defeat at lowly Askam.