Castleford Panthers 28 V 4 Ince Rose Bridge
After two close defeats Panthers turned out a much improved performance against strong opposition.
The score doesn’t reflect the fact that both defences held fast for much of the game.
The home side were the first to cross after a break by Chris Knowles
, supported by Carl Barke but tackled just short. From the resulting play the ball, Ross Chalmers was the first to react, scooting over from close range. Jamie Benn added his first of four conversions.
On 27 minutes, Andi Tillett broke from the scrum, rounded the visitors defence for his first of the game.
At half time 12-0 was never going to be enough against good opposition.
Ince Rose Bridge started the second half fired up, but it took 21 minutes to break down a resilliant Panthers defence. Good support play between the half backs ended with an unconverted try and the visitors were back in the game.
7 minutes later, Benn launched a speculative “bomb”, which resulted with an error. The ball found its way out to winger, Kris Rowley, who dived over in the corner.
That was to be a turning point in the game. Four minutes later, man of the match Tillett, scored his second with an identical break from the scrum, but it was Chalmers who had the last score, beating three defenders to score his second. Panthers sponsors awards went to Chris Hepworth and Paul Steel, but the desire, teamwork and discipline were evident from the whole team. Panthers will be hunting their first away win next week at bottom club Eccles & Salford Juniors.