Stags slip up against Siddal

MIRFIELD Stags slipped to seventh in the Yorkshire Men’s League Premier Division after a narrow 14-10 defeat at home to Siddal Academy.

The Stags got off to a slow start following on from their midweek celebrations, having clinched the Pennine League Championship title.

Jake Hancock was the man who put the away side in front with the game’s opening try on 28 minutes and Thomas Hirst added the extras to make it 6-0.

Mirfield had a Ross Hayden try disallowed on the stroke of half-time but it was in the second half when the hosts showed their true attacking potential.

Shortly after the restart the Stags were level thanks to a Josh White try which Hayden goaled.

Siddal hit back quickly, however, thanks to a Dominic Patrice touchdown on the hour mark but Hirst missed the conversion leaving the away side with a four-point lead.

But the game was anybody’s as the Stags heaped the pressure on the visitors in the final 10 minutes of the game.

And Richard Silverwood’s side were rewarded for their attacking intent, scoring a try in the 71st minute through Alex Muffy to level the scores at 10-10.

But as the hosts pushed for a winning try they were hit with the ultimate sucker punch.

Kyle Maud broke free for Siddal with only three minutes remaining to put his side ahead once again and seal the win and claim maximum points.

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