Siddal's Yorkshire Men's League side picked up a very good two points away to Bramley Buffaloes on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors started strongly and were quickly on attack. Hooker Jake Turner led from the front and he was supported well by props Keenan Ramsden and Byron Smith, who was returning to action following a 6 week injury absence. Back rowers Dom O'Keefe and Wilf Moxon were also in the thick of the action and it came as no surprise when Siddal took the lead. Turner made the initial break before the ball was moved wide through Ramsden and Aaron Metcalfe, who put Matty Prest in at the corner., for a 0-4 scoreline after 8 minutes.
Bramley bounced back after 15 minutes when the home side sped the ball down the line at speed and winger Rob Brown scorched down the touchline and then moved inside for a try under the posts which he converted for a 6-4 lead.
Siddal clawed their way back in front after 22 minutes. Josh Greenwood-MacDonald kicked wide on the last tackle and Eli Dow drew his marker to put winger Callum Holroyd in at the corner. The conversion from the touchline was missed but Siddal were back in front at 8-6 for a lead they didn't let slip. There was no further scoring in the first half, but Siddal once again started strongly at the beginning of the second period.
Bramley knocked on from the re-start and the visitors kept the pressure on the home line and eventually breached their defence when Gaz English found space to put Eli Dow in for a try. The conversion was once again just wide but Siddal were now 6-12 in front. They had to sustain a period of Bramley pressure, with O'Keefe, Moxon and Smith not giving an inch in defence. The Buffaloes launched a high kick on the last tackle which was brilliantly taken by Holroyd when surrounded by home players. He sped 90 yards downfield before being tackled just short, but with the Bramley defence not yet back, the ball was moved inside for Eli Dow to score. Rourke Woolley's conversion increased the lead to 6-18.
Woolley put the game beyond the Buffaloes grasp when he landed a penalty after 65 minutes , which took the scoreline to 6-20. Siddal continued to soak up pressure, with Turner and Alex Oldroyd defending like demons. Bramley scored a consolation try through centre Kieran Hudson 5 minutes from time, which was improved by Brown for a final score of 12-20. Siddal managed to see out the game comfortably with Smith leading from the front in an all action 80 minute display, well supported by O'Keefe and Turner in particular.
Updated 20:52 - 13 Apr 2019 by Joe McCormack