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Oct 24 • Senior Club News, Uncategorised • 1579 Views • Comments Off on Siddal (Home)

It’s playoff time on Saturday when Leigh Miners take on Siddal in the NCL Premier Division Qualifying Semi Final, Kick off 2-30pm at Twist Lane. The winner going straight into the Grand Final on Sunday 8th November at The Select Security Stadium in Widnes, with the loser having a second bite at the cherry with a home tie next week against the winner of the Rochdale Mayfield and Wath Brow Hornets game.

Miners have had a great season so far with reaching the fifth round of the Challenge Cup earlier in the year and more recently winning the league leaders trophy and the conference challenge trophy for the third time in four years. The treble dream is very much alive for the Twist Lane outfit and they are determined to finish the year strong to create more history for the club.

The players are looking forward to the visit of Siddal as they know whenever they play the men from Chevinedge that they have to be on the top of their game if they are to get a victory. Home form as been a key factor in Miners success this season with them being unbeaten at Twist Lane in 2015 in all competitions and that’s how they want to keep it, as they aim to reach their first grand final in seven years against a very tough Siddal team.

Coaches Allan Coleman and Paul Whitworth who have this week announced that they are stepping down from their duties at the end of the season welcome half backs Jimmy Muir and Scott O’Brien back after missing the Thatto Heath game, but will be without forwards Darryl Kay and Tommy Parkinson who still haven’t recovered from injuries picked up in the Conference Challenge Trophy final.

On Saturdays game against Siddal, joint coach Paul Whitworth said “We’ve played Siddal twice and won on both occasions but the games was only won in the dying stages.”

“We know they are confident going into this game and we also aware how physical they like to play around the ruck. If we allow this we know what danger comes on the back of that.”

“The character of the squad will be tested but we have trained really well and are looking forward to it.”

“The surface at Widnes in the final has caused three knee injuries that could rule those players out but we hope they have a further part to play in the play offs.”

Siddal travel to Leigh in very good spirits with them being the form team of the competition, their last defeat was at the beginning of August when Miners picked up their first points for many a year in Halifax to win 25-14. Since then Siddal have been in red hot form winning their last six matches, scoring over 40 points on five occasions and conceding on average 12 points a game.

Gareth Greenwoods men have had a rotten record at Twist Lane over the years but will see no better time than this weekend to end that hoodoo on their bogey ground and make it through to their first grand final since 2011.

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