Kellingley book place in final

Kellingley' Welfare's Mark Tiffin makes a break against Castleford Panthers. PICTURE: MATTHEW MERRICK.
Kellingley' Welfare's Mark Tiffin makes a break against Castleford Panthers. PICTURE: MATTHEW MERRICK.

Kellingley Welfare take on Nevison Leap in the Castleford and Featherstone District ARL David Poulter Open Cup final after beating Castleford Panthers 28-20.

Underdogs Kellingley upset the formbook in Saturday’s semi-final against higher-ranked opponents after recovering from a poor start.

Kellingley, who had only 14 players, conceded three tries in the first 20 minutes, despite tenacious defensive work led by player-coach Craig Sleight.

Welfare’s fightback started when Gino Burnett’s kick saw Jarvis Kennedy scored his first try for the team which Brandon Neilson goaled.

Kennedy grabbed his second try shortly before half time.

Welfare’s revival continued in the second half, with excellent handling by Paul Downey and Burnett culminating in Adam Baxter scoring.

With Lee Clift and man of the match Billy Ainley to the fore, Welfare struck again when Perry Austerberry crossed.

Panthers fought back but Kellingley sealed victory when Billy Ainley kicked a penalty and William Stansfield scored a superbly executed try in the closing stages.