Skipton sunk by solid first-half performance
Castleford hit basement side Skipton with a five-try, first-half performance to cement a winning position by the interval.
Influential hooker, Matthew Wrigglesworth, ruled out for the rest of the season, was added to their growing injury list, with skipper, Darren Walker taking over the hooking duties and colt, Lewis Fraser coming in to prop.
The visitors started strongly and opened the scoring following a mid-field break by outside-half, Ian Mattison. Centre, Daniel Price was on hand to take the scoring pass and skate in under the posts. Mattison tagged on the easy conversion.
Skipton hit back with an unconverted try before Castleford stretched their lead following some concerted pack pressure which opened up the space for fellow centre, Andy Ellis to power in near the posts to give Mattison an easy conversion.
Castleford then stamped their authority on the game with a purple patch of clinical handling skills to hit Skipton with three tries before the interval.
Price was the catalyst for the third try with a fifty metre break before parting to second-rower, Luke Kenyan, who was tackled one metre out. Price, was on hand to pick up and score his second try wide out.
Skipton added a penalty before full-back, Chris Brown finished off a crisp cross-field move in the corner to score the bonus-point try, converted from the touchline by Mattison's trusted boot.
The visitors' final try came from some enterprising play by James Baldwin. The back-rower picked up from the back of a ruck, spotted the gap and slipped through from twenty metres out for a well-taken converted try to give Castleford a watertight interval lead.
To their credit Skipton rallied with the help of the conditions to score two converted tries and make the score respectable.
Castleford entertain Thornensians in their final home game of the seasonnext Saturday.