Russ Holroyd steered his team to victory at a chilly CWC Park on Saturday, deputising for Daz Phillips, who had a well earned break. With 6 teenagers in the backs there was plenty of energy in the youthful Siddal ranks in the early exchanges and centre Aaron Metcalfe crashed over for two tries in the opening fifteen minutes.
Defences were on top for the next 20 minutes, but Siddal extended their lead when full back and man-of-the-match Sam Walsh dived over by the side of the posts and Rourke Woolley increased the advantage with a simple conversion for a 14-0 lead at half time.
If Siddal thought they were having it their own way, Brighouse came out in determined fashion at the start of the second half. A try two minutes after the break gave them confidence and they scored two more in the next fifteen minutes. All three scores were too wide out for the conversion attempts, but the home side were rocked and the lead reduced to 14-12.
Experienced campaigners Paul Long, Phil Taylor, Dom Booth and Pete Howard helped to steady their young colleagues and Siddal started to re-establish their advantage. Leo and Eli Dow, Jake Turner, Danny Rushworthand the ever-dangerous Sam Walsh all made good yards and it was Leo Dow who managed to cross the line for a vital touchdown after 65 minutes. Woolley's tremendous conversion from wide out put Siddal eight points in front at 20-12.
Sam Walsh put the game beyond doubt after 72 minutes as he found a gap from 25 yards out and scampered over.
After a couple of defeats this was a welcome return to winning ways. Brighouse contributed to an entertaining game and their full back was a handful throughout the 80 minutes. Siddal take on Ossett away from home next week and will go into that game with renewed confidence.
Updated 22:07 - 26 Nov 2017 by Joe McCormack