Captain Riley steers Sedgley to victory against a spirited Huddersfield side 24-29 away from home.
Sedgley Park centre Matt Riley scored twice as last year’s runners-up began the new campaign with a hard-fought win over Huddersfield.
Dan Maher opened the scoring for Sedge, but it was swiftly cancelled out by Kian Stewart inside the opening 10 minutes.
Will Milner’s penalty gave Field the lead, but tries from Riley and Ollie Glasse put the visitors 19-10 in front at the interval.
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Huddersfield started the second period on the front foot as new scrum-half Jack Maplesden dotted down, but Riley’s second kept the hosts at arm’s length.
Jack Harrison then darted over on 57 minutes for Matt Bebbington’s side, but Tom Hodson’s try five minutes from time set-up a tense finish.
And Field’s chances of snatching a result were enhanced when Nathan Rushton was shown a red card late on, but Sedge held out for the victory at Lockwood Park.