Injury-hit Cas go down to top of the table


This was a game too far for a severely understrength Castleford 1XV in their home Yorkshire Three derby game against near-neighbours and table-topping, Hemsworth.


The home side’s second-string deputising players gave a good account of themselves but it was the visitors who stuck first and opened their account with a try manufactured from a long pass to winger, Kyle Clarke who strolled in unopposed in the corner.


Outside half, Ian Mattison countered with a well-struck, long range penalty for offside only for winger Clarke to score his second try with a carbon-copy of his first.


Castleford were unlucky when centre, Craig Riley broke through the cover defence from halfway but supporting players were unable to capitalise and the ball was spilled.


A further visitors' touchline break was diffused when scrum half, Ben Mayes pulled off a try-saving tackle on the winger, as Castleford trailed 10-6 at the interval.


Castleford showed up in the first twenty minutes of the second half as their defence kicked-in, preventing Hemsworth adding to their lead. However, their third try saw flanker Rob Taylor cross over at the side of the sticks. Clarke was successful with the conversion.


Debutante, young winger Brandon Hudson was Castleford's MOM with an excellent defensive tackling stint that prevented further scores. He was unlucky near the end when he slipped after intercepting with the field at his mercy.


In added time, Hemsworth scored their bonus-point try when full back, Jason Key intercepted on halfway and sprinted in at the corner,


Castleford have a free week next Saturday and hope for returning injured players to strengthen their side.