Siddal picked up their second away win of the season in an entertaining game at St Pats. The home side played a far better game than their league position suggests and they came into the game in confident mood, having won the previous two home matches.
It was St Pats who struck first after just 5 minutes. They spread the ball wide, as they did throughout the game and their speedy winger touched down. The conversion left Siddal behind at 6-0, but they started to claw their way back into the game. Man-of-the-match Connor MacCallum broke the St Pats defensive line to set up the platform for George Ambler to force his way across the line under the posts. Gareth Blackburn's conversion levelled the contest at 6-6 after 12 minutes.
Ten minutes later, Siddal took the lead. They made progress down the field from their own 25 in a great attacking set. Ben Hinsley was prominent in the move that was finished by Tom Garratt. Blackburn once again successful with the kick for a 6-12 scoreline.
St Pats continued to play an expansive game and they put the visitors under sever pressure as the first half closed out. Siddal's line was not broken, as the pack stood up to everything that was thrown at them. They finished the half on top, forcing a goal line drop out that sailed straight into touch. Blackburn slotted the penalty on the stroke of half time to gain a crucial 8 point lead at 6-14 at the half way mark.
St Pats were back in the game just 5 minutes into the second half, when the visitors knocked on inside the home side's half and the ball was hacked forward. St Pats' winger picked up the ball and showed a clean pair of heels as he sped to the try line and touched down under the posts. The conversion narrowed the gap to 12-14.
Siddal restored their 8 point advantage on the hour mark, when Jack Georgiou finished off a strong period of pressure to touch down. Blackburn's kick took the scores to 12-20. The visitors were looking comfortable but couldn't add to their tally and they gave themselves a nervy last 5 minutes when St Pats poached a try, which was converted for 18-20. There was no further scoring and Siddal gave their confidence a boost with this valuable win which keeps them in the play off positions. They are once again on their travels next week, as they make the short trip to Huddersfield outfit Underbank.
Updated 12:04 - 10 Jun 2018 by Joe McCormack