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National Conference League

5th September 2017, 11:33 | ncl

Congratulations, Siddal!

Congratulations, Siddal!

NCL round-up

Premier Division

It's congratulations to Siddal, who have claimed their second-successive NCL Premier Division League Leaders' Shield.

The reigning champions were impressive on the road on Saturday, becoming the first team to claim the spoils from a trip to Wath Brow Hornets in the league in 2017.

The Halifax outfit were led by the impressive Shaun Garrod as they edged out their Cumbrian hosts 22-20 in a dramatic tie.

Elsewhere, Leigh Miners Rangers were relegated for the first time in their history - the 2016 Grand Finalists have struggled this season and their relegation was confirmed with two games still to play as Egremont Rangers stormed to a 46-18 away win at Twist Lane.

Division 1

Elsewhere, a remarkable top-of-the-table clash took place between Hunslet Club Parkside and Underbank Rangers.

Parkside, Challenge Trophy finalists for the second-successive year in 2017, have lost just once this year, but went into half time 12-0 down at Underbank.

But the Leeds outfit recovered in style in the second period to score 26 unanswered points and leave themselves in pole position for top spot and promotion to the Premier Division.

They sit second in the table, level on points with Underbank, having played one game less.

Division 2

In the third tier, league leaders Oulton Raiders bounced back from defeat against second-placed Thornhill Trojans last week with a barnstorming 60-12 home win over Saddleworth Rangers.

Thornhill remain in the title hunt with two games left to play, but they were pushed hard by relegation-threatened Millom, winning 24-18 away from home.

Division 3

Finally, in division three, West Bowling continued their impressive first year since returning to the NCL at the start of 2017, beating Oldham-based Waterhead 64-16 on Saturday.

The Bradford side, who were Yorkshire Men's League champions last year, are four points clear at the top of the fourth tier with three games to play.

Their fixture with second-placed Stanningley on September 16 could prove crucial in deciding the destination of the title after the Leeds side rumbled to their fourth-successive win on Saturday - a 31-18 success at Woolston Rovers.