May­field open door for Sid­dal

Middleton Guardian - - BYGONE DAYS - KINGSTONE PRESS CON­FER­ENCE

MAY­FIELD ar­rived at Sid­dal on Satur­day af­ter draft­ing in sev­eral late re­place­ments fol­low­ing with­drawals due to in­juries and work com­mit­ments.

They could have been for­given if they had started slowly, es­pe­cially in the freez­ing con­di­tions.

They sur­prised ev­ery­one as they started like a house on fire with Ieuan Higgs re­gath­er­ing the ball from the kick off.

May­field pow­ered down field and Cole Con­nolly fed Cal­lum Mar­riott who ram­paged through the shell shocked de­fence for a Zac Hart­ley con­verted try, 0-6.

Con­di­tions were al­ways go­ing to dic­tate play with snow and a gale force wind at their backs May­field were on fire for the first twenty min­utes with Harltey and Con­nolly pun­ish­ing Sid­dal with some ex­cel­lent kick­ing.

From one of Con­nolly’s kicks Bran­don Wood showed why he has been se­lected to train with the Eng­land U19s squad as he showed strength and skill to col­lect the kick and squeeze over in the cor­ner, 0-10 and it looked at last like May­field might over­come their re­cent run of bad luck in this fix­ture.

Then, true to form the May­field penalty ma­chine kicked in, giv­ing their hosts re­peat set af­ter re­peat set and like last week the game plan was lost, al­low­ing Sid­dal the chance to get back in the game.

They did so af­ter some quick play the balls caught May­fielld out and they man­aged to pull back a score to make it 6-10 at half time.

May­field had had the edge in the first half and deserved their nar­row lead. Si Moore and Liam Whal­ley worked hard along with Con­nolly and Bran­don Wood.

Con­di­tions wors­ened in the sec­ond half and May­field’s per­for­mance went with the weather but they still man­aged to show a touch of their pedi­gree as Matty Chrimes ex­tended his side’s lead, 6- 14.

With the penalty count creep­ing up, May­field be­gan to pay the price for the lost pos­ses­sion and ex­tra tack­ling.

Sid­dal scored again and the added con­ver­sion put them within two points of May­field. With a minute to go May­field were in pos­ses­sion and driv­ing the ball out from their own ten when they gave away a penalty which sur­ren­dered the ball and ef­fec­tively gave Sid­dal the game as they scored to make it 16-14.

May­field must learn lessons from this as once again they had enough class and skill in their ranks to take this game, but as they have done count­less times be­fore they gave their op­po­nents chance af­ter chance to stay in and even­tu­ally win. the game.

Aidy Glee­son snr

Si Moore work­ing hard for May­field dur­ing the clash with Sid­dal

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