Despite being 12 points behind at half-time, the Cas Tigers Ladies fought back to beat the Oulton Raidettes 32-20 and win their first ever County Cup.
Kelly Beckett scored the only try for the Tigresses in the first half as Oulton took a 16-4 lead. However, Castleford came out fighting in the second half and tries from Jasmine Cudjoe, Katie Hepworth, Emma Lumley and a double for Shanelle Mannion earned the team a famous victory.
This is the team’s second piece of silverware since it was established back in August. So far in their debut season the side have secured a top four finish in the Women’s Premier Division, remained unbeaten to win the Brighton 9s tournament and now they add the County Cup to their trophy cabinet.
Head coach Lindsay Anfield said:
“As a group we are thrilled to win the County Cup and this will hopefully show how far we have come in a very short space of time.
“Winning any silverware as a new club in our first season is obviously really pleasing. The girls didn’t play to their potential in the first half but dug deep in the second to get the win.”
Anfield’s side will now be looking ahead to the inaugural Women’s Super League season. This is a brand new competition set up by the RFL which will consist of four of the best teams in the country. Joining Castleford will be Featherstone Rovers, Bradford Bulls and the current European Champions, Thatto Heath.
Despite being the overwhelming underdogs the team is raring to go. Whatever the results will be, this is sure to give this young side plenty of experience for the future.