Castleford Ladies off to winning start

Castleford Ladies celebrate scoring a try against Wigan St Patricks. Picture: Sebastian Sternik
Castleford Ladies celebrate scoring a try against Wigan St Patricks. Picture: Sebastian Sternik

Castleford Tigers Ladies picked up a famous 26-18 victory over Wigan St Patrick Ladies on their league debut.

Kelsey Gentles led the way with a hat-trick of tries on a windy day at the Castleford Academy, while Ellie Lamb and Jasmine Earnshaw Cudjoe also picked up tries.

The home side dominated the opening 40 minutes before a rejuvenated Wigan threatened a comeback, scoring three tries in the second half.

Despite the win Cas ladies head coach Lindsay Anfield believes there is still a lot of room for improvement.

She said: “I was pleased going 22-0 ahead in the first half as we controlled the game well. But in the second half Wigan upped their game and a bit of complacency set into our girls.

“I think we were defending our own line for much of the second half due to poor discipline and the lack of basic skill so they were undoubtedly going to score points.

“Our game management and enthusiasm in the second half was poor, so we will be working on that in coming weeks.”

The head coach was, however, encouraged by the team’s ability to tough it out against a good side like Wigan and believes that the performances can only get better.

The Tigresses learned quickly as they made it two wins from two with a convincing 56-0 away win over Leigh Miners Rangers Ladies. Try Scorers were Lucy Eastwood, Jasmine Earnshaw, Georgie Hetherington, Kelsey Gentles, Shanelle Mannion, Emma Lumley, Ellie Lamb, Sammy Watts, Emma Ryan and Katie Hepworth who also kicked eight goals.