SIDDAL are through to the quarter-final of the National Conference League Challenge Cup.
The men from Chevinedge booked a last-eight trip to top Cumbrian club Egremont Rangers on Saturday, July 28 after securing a 30-20 home triumph over West Hull.
Siddal and Wests have been involved in some epic battles in the past, including the National Conference League Grand Finals of 2003 and 2004.
And this latest clash proved another classic encounter, with Siddal again coming out on top in what was a thrilling see-saw affair.
In the opening half, it looked as if the men from Hull would emerge victorious after quickly shooting into a 10-0 lead and going on to hold a 16-6 advantage at the break.
But with full-back Scott Caley in inspirational form, Siddal began to take control in the second half to turn the game on its head, with four unanswered tries between the 53rd and 71st minutes making all the difference and that storming finale was in stark contrast to the opening 40 minutes when the visitors held the upper hand, with tries from Lewis Jackson, Tom Radley and Jack Ridsill putting Wests in the strongest of positions.
All the hosts had to offer early on was a single 24th-minute try from scrum-half Chris Brooke, who also added the conversion, and it looked as if the Halifax side’s Cup dreams could be coming to a premature end.
That was all to change after the break.
A 53rd-minute score from centre Gareth Blackburn set the ball rolling and second-rower Danny Williams followed up with tries in the 59th and 62nd minutes to turn a 10-point deficit into a 24-16 lead.
Substitute Rob Bradley then wrapped up the contest with a fifth converted try with nine minutes remaining before Ridsill grabbed a last-minute consolation score.