Castleford Tigers 20-18 York City Knights: - Betfred Women's Super League
They say sequels rarely deliver. Well, that simply couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to the ever-growing rivalry between Castleford Tigers Women and York City Knights Ladies.
When the two teams clashed last weekend in the Challenge Cup semi-final, it was York who claimed an impressive 32-4 victory.
This time, however, it was Cas that handed York their first defeat since mid-April.
In their first encounter, the start was rather slow as both teams looked to settle down. On this occasion though, Cas had a point to prove and they stormed forward from the first whistle.
Georgia Roche looked certain to open the scoring in the seventh minute however, she knocked on just millimetres away from the try line.
Nevertheless, the Tigers did eventually open the scoring through Hollie Mae Dodd who went over down the left side.
With 25 minutes on the clock, Sinead Peach hit back with a try from dummy half against her old teammates.
On the half-hour mark, Castleford regained their lead through a second try from Dodd – it turned out to be a lead which they wouldn’t relinquish.
Kaitlin Varley added more points for the Tigresses who went into the interval 12-4 ahead.
York came back revved up for the second-half and scored in the first minute through Rhiannion Marshall.
Despite this, Castleford never let their heads down and restored their eight-point advantage thanks to a try from Georgia Roche.
Marshall was desperate to lead the comeback for the Knights and with 50 minutes on the clock, she produced a wonderful individual effort to make it a four-point game.
With ten minutes to go, Lucy Eastwood scored what turned out to be the winning try. A brilliant show and go allowed her to cross the whitewash as Castleford took a 20-14 lead.
Moments later, Peach thought she scored a rescuing effort for the Knights. However, her effort was ruled out by the official who judged her to have lost control of the ball before the try.
Nevertheless, Alisha Clayton powered over the try line just a couple of minutes later as York moved within two points of their opponents.
There was a lengthy stoppage in play as Eastwood was stretched off with five minutes to go.
When play resumed, York were unable to complete their comeback as the Tigers celebrated a confidence-restoring victory.