Outlaws 26 Siddal Academy 30

Nottingham Outlaws top four play-off hopes suffered a blow when they crashed to a hugely disappointing home defeat on Saturday. A terrible start saw them leak 16 points in the first ten minutes and from that point on they were always chasing the game before finally running out of time, slipping to a 30-26 defeat against a feisty Siddal outfit.

The Outlaws made their usual swathe of changes to the team that lost at Batley last weekend with Adrian Chaima, Paul Calland and Ollie Perry coming back into the side whilst James Hague came in for a well earned debut after impressing in the Academy in recent weeks.

The match started badly for the Outlaws who seemed a yard off the pace against a busy Siddal side from the get-go. Indeed from the very first scrum the Outlaws found themselves behind on the score board when a looping Outlaws pass was intercepted for a try under the sticks. What happened next can only be described as a horror show as in the space six minutes the Outlaws defence disintegrated around the play the ball as Siddal ran in two further try’s to race into a 16-0 lead with only ten minutes showing on the clock.

A shell shocked Outlaws team were definitely up against it as not only where they three scores adrift but also two men down as George Strachan and Sam Dennison both picked up injuries, limiting the interchange options. However the  home side finally rallied and they began to chip away at the deficit as Ciaran Dean went over in the corner and when Jimmy Goodwin crashed over after a powerful surge the Outlaws had pegged back the Siddal lead to 16-10.

With thirty minutes played the match suddenly turned nasty and a heated exchange of views led to a red card for the visitors. The Outlaws immediately capitalised on their numerical advantage as Alex Wh