Sid­dal must raise game for big­ger Chal­lenge

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

Sid­dal are set to host New­cas­tle Thun­der in the third round of the Lad­brokes Chal­lenge Cup on Sun­day week (1.30). The Chevinedge men were paired with King­stone Press League One side, the only pro­fes­sional rugby league team in the North East, in Tues­day evening’s draw.

Sid­dal will be fac­ing op­po­si­tion from New­cas­tle for the se­cond round run­ning, hav­ing edged past Northum­bria Univer­sity by 18-16 last Satur­day.

Na­tional Con­fer­ence side Sid­dal have per­formed well against paid op­po­nents in the past, no­tably win­ning 26-0 at Don­caster in 2010. How­ever, coach Gareth Green­wood knows they will have to play much bet­ter than last week­end to com­pete with Thun­der.

Last sea­son’s beaten Grand Fi­nal­ists trailed 16-10 be­fore Shaun Gar­rod scored one try and cre­ated an­other for winger Gareth Black­burn early in the se­cond half.

The home side missed chances af­ter that, en­sur­ing that the plucky vis­i­tors, for whom ex-Sid­dal ju­nior Tom Shaw was an in­flu­en­tial play­maker, were in the hunt right to the fi­nal whis­tle.

Green­wood de­scribed the game as “dire”, ac­cused his play­ers of not be­ing in the right frame of mind and was grate­ful for Gar­rod’s in­ter­ven­tion.

“It has taken the class of one player to get us out of trou­ble. He has come up with a cou­ple of tries out of his back pocket,” said Green­wood.

The sus­pect state of mind of the Sid­dal play­ers was prob­a­bly not helped when it took them less than two min­utes to go 6-0 ahead through Mark Boothroyd’s try, con­verted by Gareth Black­burn.

The live l y s tu­dent s stormed back with two tries from se­cond rower Liam Rich­mond. Black­burn squeezed in at the cor­ner on 24 min­utes but Scott Har­ri­son scored the hosts fur­ther em­bar­rass­ment when touch­ing down wide out.

Sid­dal’s for­wards man­aged to get some fire in their bel­lies for 10 min­utes af­ter the break. Gar­rod scam­pered over and his long floated pass en­abled Black­burn to score. The home side then missed chances to land a killer blow. Greet­land AR kept up their win­ning ways at Spring Rock with a 28-4 home win over CK Vik­ings in the Pen­nine League.

They took a 10-0 lead with tries from winger Gaz Walker and man of the match Ben Hildred, plus one Jor­dan Whippey con­ver­sion.

Vik­ings hit back with a try and the game was even but Greet­land ran away with it in the fi­nal 25 min­utes with tries from Claughan, Ben Hildred and sub Jor­dan Sykes plus three more Whippey goals.

Satur­day - Pen­nine League, Cham­pi­onship:

Divi­sion One:

Divi­sion Two: Divi­sion Three West:

Divi­sion Four West:

Shaun Gar­rod in ac­tion for Sid­dal against Northum­bria Univer­sity in the Chal­lenge Cup

Mark Boothroyd tries to shrug off a ri­val at Chevinedge last Satur­day

Pic­tures: Jim Fit­ton

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