WEST HULL WIN AGAIN BUT LOSE TOP SPOT
West Hull began a three-game home run with a very hard-fought 16-8 victory over Siddal at the Community Centre but lose top-spot in the NCL Premier Division after Wath Brow, who are level on points, increased their points difference massively with a 72-0 victory over Thornhill Trojans.
The Green and Golds have had some great battles with Siddal over the years and while they were never behind and had a comfortable margin for much of the game, the visitors never took a backward step and it was very tough going for Ryan Steen's men.The first few minutes of the game were based entirely in Siddal's half and they hadn't touched the ball before a sweeping cross-field move saw Scott Spaven cross in the corner. Ryan Wilson has been in superb kicking form this season so it was no great surprise when he converted from the touchline. The visitors settled down and it was only some very stiff defensive action that kept them at bay. Tough tackling on both sides restricted chances until young winger Ethan Shore went over in the left-hand corner. With Wilson off the field Spaven took over kicking duties and saw the conversion attempt miss narrowly.
Siddal came out for the second period with renewed vigour and Wests defence were fortunate to survive when centre Lewis Hosty went strolling over only to be brought back for a forward pass. It looked inevitable that they would soon be on the scoresheet and with classy full-back Joe Martin linking up superbly a sharp bout of passing sent winger Sam Walsh over in the corner, too far out for Martin to convert.
Wests needed a response and thought they had extended their lead when a superb grubber kick from Harry Tyson-Wilson found the onrushing Jack Watts, who went in under the posts. Alas, the celebrations were short-lived as a touch-judge saw something everyone else missed and the score was chalked off. Wests were having a very good spell and needed to put points on the board which they did through an unlikely source. Shore popped up in the centre of the field with the entire Siddal defence in front of him yet managed to evade most of them before crashing through the last line and planting the ball over the line. Wilson converted and at 16-4 Wests had a nice cushion but Siddal kept plugging away and gained their reward with another flowing move which saw Walsh go over again, just too far out for the extras.
With 15 minutes to go the game was still in the balance and Siddal threw everything at Wests but to no avail as the home side held on for a very hard-fought two points.
Great credit to both sides and their coaching staff as they held their discipline throughout in the face of some very tough tackling. Wests are home to Underbank next Saturday and Thatto Heath Crusaders the following week.
A great Saturday for the East of the city also as East Hull won the Yorkshire Men's League Forty20 Cup at Goole's Victoria Pleasure Ground beating Bramley Buffalo's 23-16.