Shield in sight after Wakefield win
Posted: Saturday 14th September 2019 - 12:36 PM
Castleford Tiger Women are now just one win away from lifting the League Leaders Shield.
With Castleford picking up a 36-4 win over Wakefield Trinity, it meant that St. Helens simply had to beat Leeds Rhinos in order to remain in the hunt for the shield.
However, a 20-20 draw with the Challenge Cup winners means that St. Helens are now three points behind the Tigers with only three games remaining of the regular season.
This means that if Castleford manage to beat York on Tuesday the 17th of September, they will win their first major honour.
This news certainly lifted the Castleford players after they put on one of their worst performances of the season against Trinity.
The game got off to a good start as Grace Field put the home side ahead after just two minutes. Moments later the Tigers forced a goal line drop out which ended with Esme Reynolds touching down in the corner.
With quarter of an hour gone, debutant Jade Chambers made it 14-0 as she finished off a strong set down the right wing.
Then a few minutes later, Frankie Townend got on the scoreboard as scored then converted her own try to give the visitors a 20-0 lead.
It was at this point where things began to change. Wakefield began to go on the offensive and even forced a goal line drop out of their own.
Woman of Steel Georgia Roche alleviated some of that pressure with her own try on the half hour mark but, that was the last bright point for the Tigers for a very long time.
As the second half got underway, Cas pushed on as they looked build on their 24-0 lead. However, a combination of some strong Wakefield defence and Castleford’s disorganised attack caused a lot of frustration for the league leaders.
The breakthrough in the second half finally came on the 60th minute mark courtesy of Maisie Lumb. Ten minutes later, Kelsey Gentles scored her 21st try of the season as the Tigers moved 36-0 ahead.
The closing stages of the game proved to be the most controversial as both teams engaged in a brawl. The aftermath saw Grace Field receive a red card and Wakefield’s Aallisha Rhodes a yellow.
Trinity took full advantage of the disruption as Amy Brinkley scored a hard earned effort for the home side.
Next up for the Tigers is a game against York City Knights Ladies on Tuesday the 17th of September at 7.30pm.
The game was moved as the club’s presentation night is taking place on Saturday night. This fixture will be played at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle!
Castleford Tigers Squad
24. Lucy Eastwood (Donna and Paul Hampton)
35. Jade Chambers (Fryston Warriors)
23. Esme Reynolds (AeroCool)
15. Olivia Grace (Andy Candler Motor Engineers Ltd)
36. Millie Walsh (Cutsyke Raidettes)
31. Frankie Townend (Lisa York and AFP Digital)
7. Claire Garner (NT Killingley and Peter & David Walker)
17. Kirsty Higo (Ink Religion)
33. Jasmine Cudjoe (Peter & David Walker)
22. Sam Jordan (Meadow Lodge Home Care Services)
16. Maisie Lumb (Spear Scaffolding Services)
34. Lucy Ranby (Oulton Raidettes)
10. Grace Field (Greywood Hall)
68. Shona Hoyle (Tracy & Mark Channell-Napier)
6. Georgia Roche (Reactive Installations, MetLife Insurance & Tracked Spider Solutions)
14. Sammy Watts (McTigue Funeral Directors & The Glass Blower)
4. Kelsey Gentles (Atkinsons Fencing & Decking Specialists and Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
8. Emma Lumley (Chuldow Martial Arts)
Cas Tries: Grace Field (2), Esme Reynolds (8), Jade Chambers (16), Frankie Townend (23), Georgia Roche (33), Maisie Lumb (61), Kelsey Gentles (70)
Cas Conv: Frankie Townend 2/5, Georgia Roche 2/2
Venue: Mobile Rocket Stadium
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