Siddal 36 – Thatto Heath Crusaders 6

Thatto Heath Crusaders fell short in a top of the table clash against Siddal, losing 34-6 at CWC Park.

Both sides went into the match boasting unbeaten records in the league however, it was Siddal who came out on top to make it eight wins in eight games.

In a tightly contested first half, both sides showed great defence to keep the scoreline to a minimum at half-time.

The home side would strike first after poor discipline penned Thatto Heath onto their line, a short-side play catching Thatto out as Ben West crossed for the opener.

This try would kick-start a purple patch which saw the bulk of the first half points being scored midway through the half.

Thatto would level the scores as they turned defence into attack, first holding Siddal up over the line before Dan Birkett sent Matty Norman crashing through a gap to level the scores at six a piece.

However, just minutes later the Thatto Heath defence showed the effects of a tiring first half as Ben Hinsley strolled through a gaping hole to put the home side in control.

Siddal added a penalty goal to extend their half-time lead to 14-6, the scoreline reflecting a close half in which the home side edged.

The Thatto Heath defence keeping them in the game despite finding themselves on the wrong side of the possession stats in the first forty.

As the second half kicked off spectators and players alike were anticipating a similar half to the first, however, a lack of discipline and poor handling saw the game slip away from the visitors.

Thatto Heath were reduced to 12 men when Adam Saunders was given ten minutes in the sin-bin for a professional foul, and the home side took full advantage as they piled on the points.

In a blistering final quarter fullback Freddie Walker and George Ambler crossed in between a double for Gareth Blackburn who finished the game with a personal tally of eighteen points.

Tempers would flare once again during this period with Jamie Tracey and Joe Martin also sent to the sin-bin due to punches being thrown, this would complete the action, the final score 34-6.

Thatto Heath’s first defeat of the season means they lose their unbeaten record and temporarily slip into second place on points difference behind Siddal, both teams on 16 points.

Thatto Heath will look to bounce back next week with another tough away fixture against Myton Warriors, while Siddal face Wigan St Patricks.