Castleford off the mark

York City Knights Ladies 0-62 Castleford Tigers Women

By Sebastian Sternik

Castleford Tigers Women marked their first game of the 2018 Super League season with an impressive 0-62 demolition job of York City Knights Ladies.

The Tigresses ran in eleven tries on what turned out to be a memorable occasion for the Castleford faithful.

The visitors were quick out of the blocks and had their first try of the game inside the opening 60 seconds with Alex Wallace crossing the whitewash. York seemed taken aback by the early effort and Castleford capitalised through Katie Hepworth who made it 12-0 with barely four minutes on the clock.

Hepworth and Grace Field added a couple more tries as the Tigresses led 24-0 in the opening quarter of an hour.

It was at that point when the home side began to get hold of possession and threaten for the first time in the match. Natalie Carr made a number of rapid breaks down the right flank however, the Knights weren’t able to break down a resilient Castleford defence.
Just as York found their feet, the visitors landed yet another blow. Moments away from the half time whistle, Tara Stanley powered across the try line to send Castleford 30-0 up.

The narrative certainly didn’t change in the second half. Three minutes after the restart Castleford picked up where they left off as Kirsty Higo added four more points to the total.

Not long after it was the turn of Emma Lumley to add her name to the scoresheet. Sadly for the Tigresses, this turned into a bittersweet moment as Lumley endured a nasty ankle injury which forced her to come off.

IMG_2150Nevertheless, this didn’t seem to affect Castleford’s momentum who found themselves 46-0 ahead thanks to a second Tara Stanley try.

Further tries from Grace Field, Olivia Grace and Georgie Hetherington wrapped up what proved to be a phenomenal start to the season.

After the game, Castleford’s head coach Lindsay Anfield was thrilled with the result and performance to go with it. She said: “I was pleased to see that the girls coped well with the wet conditions and were able to deliver in our first competitive game of the season.”

York’s head coach Daryl North was clearly disappointed with the score line but did hail an improved performance. He said: “I thought we played better than last week. We came up against a very good side in Castleford and I was happy with the effort my team put in today.”

Next up for both sides it’s a clash with the current title holders Bradford Bulls Women. Castleford will be first to take on the champions in what promises to be a tremendous contest.

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