Super League  Friday 21st June 2013  Wish Communications Stadium  Att: 6,022

Squad

Owen, Shenton, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Hauraki, Millington, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Clare, Martin, Boyle, Davies.

Squad

Arundel, Crookes, Crooks, Galea, Green, Holdsworth, Heremaia, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, McDonnell, Miller, O'Meley, Pitts, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

James Clare

Jonathan Walker

Daryl Clark

Rangi Chase

Richard Owen

GOAL SCORERS:

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ben Crooks

Ben Crooks

Aaron Heremaia

Ben Crooks

Aaron Heremaia

Ben Crooks

GOAL SCORERS:

Daniel Holdsworth

Daniel Holdsworth

Full Report

Match Official: J Child

Castleford Tigers winger James Clare scored a dramatic length-of-the-field try 11 minutes from the end of a pulsating Super League game to give Daryl Powell a notable victory in his first home match as head coach.

The Tigers twice came from behind to secure a third consecutive home win - bizarrely spread over more than two months - and leave Hull FC centre Ben Crooks on the losing side despite scoring four tries.

Hull actually outscored their hosts by six tries to five but Daniel Holdsworth missed four conversion attempts, whereas Kirk Dixon enjoyed a 100% success rate with the boot.

The Black and Whites, led by hooker Danny Houghton in the absence of the injured Gareth Ellis, thought they had snatched victory in the last play of the game when exciting winger Tom Lineham made a dash for the line but was agonisingly halted inches short.

Scrum-half Jacob Miller, chosen to make his debut less than a week after arriving from Australia, began the match slowly but showed some clever touches towards the end to give Hull encouragement in a second consecutive defeat.

It was non-stop action from the moment one-time Castleford favourite Joe Westerman carved open the Tigers defence for the game's opening try in the second minute, fending off the attempted challenge of Oliver Holmes to get Crooks over for his first try.

Castleford drew level four minutes later when right winger Richard Owen, restored to the side after a two-month absence, outjumped his opposite number Jason Crookes to collect the ball from Rangi Chase's high kick.

But the home defence enjoyed something of a charmed life with Hull full-back Shannon McDonnell wasting one glorious tryscoring opportunity after breaking clear from his own half and Chase twice pulling off timely interceptions to break up dangerous attacks.

Weller Hauraki, chosen at stand-off in a bid to stiffen Castleford's defence, then pulled off a try-saving tackle on former Tigers centre Joe Arundel but was hurt in the process and was forced from the field.

Powell's men held out until nine minutes from the break when Hull forward Liam Watts broke their line to get fellow substitute Aaron Heremaia over and Castleford cracked again six minutes later when centre Jordan Thompson missed a one-on-one tackle to let Crooks in for his second try.

Holdsworth kicked his second goal to make it 16-6 and Castleford suffered another injury blow two minutes into the second half when prop Ben Davies, who this week joined the club from Widnes Vikings, pulled a hamstring and left Powell with just two men on the bench.

However, the battling Tigers turned the game on its head with three tries in six minutes to storm into a 24-16 lead.

First Chase put centre Dixon through a gap and took a return pass to touch down, and prop Craig Huby produced a neat half-break and pass out of the tackle to get hooker Daryl Clark over.

Chase then came up with a 40-20 kick to keep the momentum going and replacement prop Jonathan Walker romped over from 10 metres out for his side's fourth try.

Dixon's fourth conversion put the Tigers into an eight-point lead but it was halved on 57 minutes when a surging run from Lineham set up the position for Heremaia to go over for his second try.

Holdsworth's conversion attempt rebounded off an upright and he was also off target when Crooks completed his hat-trick on 61 minutes by finishing off Miller's break.

In a frantic finish, Castleford full-back Jordan Tansey saved his side with a last-ditch tackle on Crooks before Clare pounced on a loose ball and sprinted 95 metres for the match-winning try.

Chase was wide with a drop-goal attempt that would have sealed it and there was one last twist when Miller's cut-out pass got Crooks over for his fourth try, with Holdsworth failing with the touchline conversion attempt.

Match Action

  • 74m
    try

    Ben Crooks

    Hull

  • 70m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 70m
    try

    James Clare

    Castleford

  • 62m
    try

    Ben Crooks

    Hull

  • 58m
    try

    Aaron Heremaia

    Hull

  • 55m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 55m
    try

    Jonathan Walker

    Castleford

  • 51m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 51m
    try

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 48m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 48m
    try

    Rangi Chase

    Castleford

  • 38m
    goal

    Daniel Holdsworth

    Hull

  • 38m
    try

    Ben Crooks

    Hull

  • 32m
    try

    Aaron Heremaia

    Hull

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Danny Houghton

    Hull

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Jordan Thompson

    Castleford

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Aaron Heremaia

    Hull

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Jonathan Walker

    Castleford

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Oliver Holmes

    Castleford

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Craig Huby

    Castleford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Ben Galea

    Hull

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Jay Pitts

    Hull

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Ben Davies

    Castleford

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Ryan Boyle

    Castleford

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Liam Watts

    Hull

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Chris Green

    Hull

  • 16m
    interchange_on

    Andy Lynch

    Hull

  • 16m
    interchange_off

    Mark O'Meley

    Hull

  • 6m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 6m
    try

    Richard Owen

    Castleford

  • 2m
    try

    Ben Crooks

    Hull

  • 2m
    goal

    Daniel Holdsworth

    Hull