Battling skipton not able to keep Castleford at bay!
In what was a well contested game, a strong Skipton performance was not enough to turn around an early Cas lead.
A cool east wind greeted the teams at Sandylands on Saturday for the Yorkshire Division 3 encounter between Skipton and Castleford. Playing with their backs to the wind in the first half the visitors soon built up a head of steam, despite two massive try saving tackles from young Redver Stork-Flatley within the first 15 minutes of the game and an early unconverted try by danger man James Ackers at outside centre to bring the score to 5 - 7. Luke Stockton was also unlucky to be held up on the line, denying him a third try in as many weeks.
Five further tries followed from the visitors with only a penalty in reply from Skipton leaving the half time score at 8-36 and a rather subdued atmosphere amongst the home crowd in the stand.
The second half was a different story as the Castleford Express began to run out of steam. Tremendous forward work by Harry McEneaney put Chris Wright over for a well deserved forwards try which was duly converted to bring the score to 15-36. That man Ackers then made a further try saving tackle to keep Castleford at bay. Skipton then made some changes including bringing on club Rugby Development Officer Ashley Greaves at second row and old head Darren Howson at stand off.
A smart decision to take a penalty as a scrum gave Matty Ray a good run down the wing but he was just denied from going over. Hooker Charlie Brown then took one against the head, the ball was sent wide to James Ackers who put the ball inside for Darren Howson to go over. Howson then converted his own try to bring the score to 22-36 and it looked as if Castleford were coming of the rails.
The last 10 minutes of the game were a period of constant pressure from Skipton but no further points were forthcoming. The visitors had established too great a lead during the first half but it is significant that they did not score a single point in the second half and the young Skipton side have much to take away from this game.