THE BIG 'W'
SKIPTON 41 - 18 CASTLEFORD
BY PETE DUTTON
SKIPTON 41 CASTLEFORD 18
First Half, playing into the wind, in what can only be described as a horror show first fifteen minutes, Skipton found themselves 13 -0 down. Two needless penalties and a 70 metre interception try under the posts for an easy conversion. This got Castelfords’ confidence up.
Slowly but surely, the home side settled down, put some phases together and after 25 minutes a penalty, from skipper, Darren Howson, got them back on track. Up to this point the crowd had been quiet after the poor start. A huge hit from full back Andy Maclean, roused the crowd from their stupor. Maclean cleaned out a ruck, big-style, by bouncing a Cas forward five metres backwards, this got the biggest roar of the day and galvanised his teammates into action.
On the stroke of half time a well-worked passage of play resulted in centre Jonny Moore scoring in the corner. Half-time 8-13.
Start of the second half was a purple patch for Skipton. They gained field position on the opposition 22 and a long miss-pass put James Ackers into space. He motored over in the corner.
A plea from the crowd to winger Lee Shaw was answered when Lee appeared at outside centre to execute a change of pace that left the Cas defence standing, he finishes so well.
David Wellock took a quick tap penalty, Jonny Moore followed him and made more ground, on his shoulder was outside centre, Joe Porter who flew through to score under the posts. All four three quarters had touched down in a space of 20 minutes. Not often you see that. It also shows what these boys can do, given a bit of space and dry conditions to work in. Devastating.
The forwards, who had taken over by this time, got in on the act. Josh Beck made the hard yards, as he’d done all afternoon, and off-loaded to Lee Shaw to touch down for his second try. Sixth and last try for Skipton, again involved Lee Shaw who picked up an up-and-under and off-loaded to James Ackers, wingers in harmony, two tries apiece. Darren Howson kept converting – a score-line of over 40 points and a bonus point for four tries (six in this case) was so sweet.
Credit to Castleford, who suffered injuries, they kept going and got a deserved second try at the end. Special mention to the Skipton front row, Chris Lambert, Malc Dutton and Chris Wright, who pilfered 75% of the Cas scrum ball, again a rarity. This kept Skipton in possession and able to keep Cas tackling, consequently wearing them down to let the three quarters run riot.
Team: Andy Maclean, James Ackers, Joe Porter, Jonny Moore, Lee Shaw, Darren Howson (capt), Shaun Barraclough, Chris Lambert, Malc Dutton, Chris Wright, Rick Willsher, Mal Willsher, Josh Beck, Ben Hall, Tom Keady. Reps: David Wellock, Jamie Carroll, Charlie Brown.