SLAITHWAITE Saracens had a nightmare day as they fell to a 52-0 Pennine League Premier Division defeat at Siddal A.
Within minutes, Liam Tindall and Damian Kenchington clashed heads and had to leave the field and then moments later Joe Worthington was forced off with a badly-damaged knee.
And with only three substitutes available – one of which was already carrying a knock! – the Saracens were struggling.
The visitors did manage to hold Siddal out for 25 minutes, but once the home side settled and scored, the re-shuffled Saracens couldn’t contain them and were 22-0 behind at the break.
During the second half, everything Slaithwaite did went wrong and everything Siddal tried came off.
And then, with 15 minutes remaining, Ben Feehan was also forced off with a previous knock to sum up what was a very bad day at the office.
It was, however, a better day for several other of the town’s teams.
Moldgreen have already wrapped up the Division VII title and made it 16 wins out of 16 with the 30-20 triumph at Wetherby.
And there were also good wins for Lindley Swifts, Underbank Rangers, Slaithwaite A and St Joseph’s A.
But there were also some pretty disappointing defeats in between.
Those included the one for Emley Moor, who were unable to deal with the physical approach of hosts Ackworth Jaguars as they fell to 42-16 Division I defeat.
The visitors made a solid start to the contest and took the lead through a Kris Shepherd try and Jack Dyson goal.
But the Jaguars then re-doubled their efforts and by half-time had opened up an unassailable 32-6 lead.
In the second half Moor rallied with further tries from James Bouser and Oliver Davidson and a second Dyson conversion, but they were never going to be able to close the gap, despite the best efforts of the likes of Paul Donkersley, Richard Sharpe, Tom Beaumont and Simon Walker.
And Division V side Meltham All Blacks went down 45-14 to Hollinwood.
The players who made the trip to Oldham put in a good performance but with no replacements, compounded by injuries during the game, it was good to see the players put in a determined effort for the whole 80 minutes.
Rob Lewis scored two tries, the first from good handling and the second from an Adam Lodge chip that Lewis reacted to the quickest to crash over under the posts.
The other Meltham try came from working the right channel on the pitch and then switching the play across to the opposite wing for Matthew Speight to score his first try for the club.