Putting the boot in: Kells' Ross Gainford nailed a penalty to give his side a win
Siddal, the best team in amateur rugby league, are in west Cumbria tomorrow when they visit Kells.
National Conference Premier Division champions Siddal have started fully intent on retaining their crown with 10 straight wins.
The visit of Siddal couldn’t have been better timed as it coincides with KellsFest which gets under way tonight and runs through the weekend with various attractions.
“It’s gone well for the last few years and we always ask for a home game that particular weekend. We couldn’t have had a better game with Siddal,” says coach Peter Smith.
“They are a very good side, and have been for a year or two, but we should have got something out of the game down there.
“With 10 minutes left, we were 24-12 ahead but lost the game 32-24. All I’ll say is we want to run them even closer at Kells.
“We have had one or two injuries of late, and players being unavailable, but the lads who have come in have done really well, so that’s been a bonus for us.
“There were one or two missing last weekend down at Skirlaugh and, late on, I would have taken a draw.
“They had a penalty two minutes from the end 30 metres out but, against the wind, and their lad didn’t have the confidence to have a go at goal.
“Then in the last minute we got one on half-way and, with the wind behind him, Ross Gainford nailed the kick to give us a narrow 24-22 win to keep us joint fourth.”
Last week, Wath Brow felt the full force of the Siddal points machine as they crashed 52-12 in Halifax.
Tomorrow, Hornets have the opportunity to get themselves back in winning mode as they host Leigh Miners Rangers at Red Beck.
It’s a quick return visit to west Cumbria for Leigh Miners as last week they were at Egremont and lost 30-10.
That win was good enough to lift Egremont off the bottom of the table and only two points off escaping the clutches of the relegation zone. Tomorrow, they will be attempting to do what Kells did last week and win at Skirlaugh.
In the Cumbria Men’s League, there’s a good game in prospect tonight when Seaton take on Glasson Rangers.
Seaton are desperate to get off the foot of the table while a win for Glasson would put them into second place.
Tomorrow, there are two games scheduled with Distington hosting Ulverston and Ellenborough at home to Wath Brow Hornets.
There’s also a game scheduled tonight in the Iggesund Cumberland ARL as Egremont Rangers entertain Aspatria.
The only game due to take place tomorrow is at Flimby where Broughton Red Rose are the visitors.