TV date a lure for high flying Siddal in Cup clash

Siddal go to Egremont in the last eight of the Conference Cup tomorrow, with coach Gareth Greenwood already eyeing a TV appearance.

The final of the competition will be played on the undercard of the Co-operative Championship Grand Final at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium and will be screened live on Premier Sports.

“That’s going to be a pretty good day out for someone, and I think it means that teams are going to be treating the competition seriously,” said Greenwood, whose side now sit top of the Premier Division table after beating Leigh Miners 20-16 last weekend.

Siddal will go into tomorrow’s game against their Division One hosts as favourites, although Greenwood is wary of opponents he expects to be dangerous.

“They’re like most Cumbrian teams, they haven’t been beaten at home for a while,” he said.

“They’ll be looking at us and thinking they want to have a real go, which makes it a tricky game if we don’t go with the right attitude.”

Siddal will be without hookers Craig Sanderson and Andy Fox, with Steve Illingworth switching to dummy half.

Oli Marns and Richard Lopag could return after missing the win over Miners, while Greenwood could also feature as he continues to recover from a long-term knee injury.

“It feels better than it has for 18 months, so I might have a go,” he said.

Elland’s stop-start summer continues tomorrow as Karl Fairbank’s side face another blank on the fixture list.

It will be the Greetland-based side’s third weekend off in two months, giving them a fortnight to stew on last weekend’s 33-18 loss at Waterhead ahead of next weekend’s derby date with Ovenden.

“It’s working against us, that’s for sure,” said Fairbank, who blamed his side’s lack of ball control for the reverse in Lancashire.

“People tend to drift away for a week and you don’t get any continuity.

“Last week, we were 18-0 down, got it back to 18-12 and then they just got away from us.

“They were hanging on for their lives at one point, but we keep giving ourselves too much to do.

“We’re just not completing sets and we’re making an extra 100 tackles as a result.

“We’re not going to win games against the better sides unless we can sort that out.”

London Broncos have had “huge” interest in the vacant position of head coach, according to man currently holding the reins.

Former coach Tony Rea has been brought over from Australia to take charge until the end of the season.