25th September 2017, 15:31 | yorkshire-mens-league

Siddal Academy crowned Yorkshire Men's League champions

Siddal Academy crowned Yorkshire Men's League champions

Siddal Academy produced a dominant performance to claim the 2017 Yorkshire Men's League Premier Division title at Batley Bulldogs' Fox's Biscuits Stadium on Saturday.

Beverley, led by Hull FC and England star Scott Taylor, enjoyed a positive start and broke the deadlock early on through Ben Bardle, who collected a kick out out wide.

But Siddal struck back on 22 minutes when a Jake Smith break was backed up by Dom Patrice and he passed inside to Dom Booth who sprinted clear from halfway to touch down under the posts. Kyle Ackroyd's kick put Siddal 6-4 up.

Beverley were briefly back on terms after 30 minutes when a high tackle was penalised and the kick tied the scores at 6-6.

Siddal got their noses in front again shortly before the break when a switch of play allowed Richard Lopag to pass to Booth who squeezed in at the corner for a 10-6 lead at half-time, with Ackroyd's touchline kick narrowly wide.

Siddal then dominated the second period.

It was 50 minutes before the lead was stretched when Lewis Hosty hoisted a high ball that Beverley failed to defend.

Matty Prest was first to the loose ball and scooted over under the posts, with Ackroyd's conversion widening the gap to 16-6.

Four minutes later, Josh Greenwood-MacDonald broke away and while he was tackled, play was spread to the opposite side of the field in the next play and Paul Long found Matty Prest who touched down for 20-6.

Siddal then showed their mettle in defence, repelling a series of repeat sets, before Henry Turner made a desperate last ditch tackle to deny a certain try and play was then taken down the other end of the field as Siddal regained possession.

Jake Smith put a kick over the Beverley defence which was taken on the full by Man of the Match Booth as he touched down for his hat-trick try for a 24-6 lead.

Siddal were now rampant and a Conner MacCallum break was backed up by Smith who raced clear under the posts - Chris Brooke's conversion took the scoreline to 30-6.

Beverley scored a consolation try after 77 minutes when hooker Steve Connolly scooted over and the kick reduced the deficit to 30-12.

But Siddal saw out the game for a final score of 30-12.