St Pat’s miss out on top spot

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ST Patrick’s slipped to a 22-24 defeat against Siddal, who consolidated their position at the top of the National Conference League Premier Division.

Siddal deserved their win on the day, but St Pat’s kept up the pressure throughout, and better luck might have produced a different result.

If anything, St Pat’s had the better of it territorially with any number of close shaves but Siddal were steadier when it came to making chances pay.

They imposed the early pressure and scored the first try on six minutes, when Liam Gannon crashed over off a short ball, Brad Smith converting.

Gareth Blackburn then responded for Siddal when he strode through off a smart handling move and also added the goal.

Brad Smith recovered the lead for St Pat’s with penalty goals in the 24th and 28 th minutes.

Butthey were 10-12 down at the break after Blackburn gave a repeat performance with a try and a goal on 31 minutes.

Seven minutes into the second period the visitors went further ahead when Emmerson Newburn won a struggle on the line to touch down.

St Pat’s were unlucky three minutes later when Siddal recovered possession after kicking on the last tackle with a fortunate bounce, a suspicion of offside and a touchdown by Scott Caley.

Pat’s struck back in the 53rd minute when Simon Atherton blocked a Siddal kick, recovered possession and outpaced the opposition over 50 yards.

Ross White crashed over off a short pass in the 63rd.

St Pats had the better of the remaining period.

Having scored the first try of the match they scored the last, when Charlie Mitchell crossed from short range with a couple of minutes to go.