CASTLEFORD’S season went from bad to worse as they were outplayed by a Widnes Vikings side that started out at the bottom of the Stobart Super League table.
A Tigers team without suspended duo Rangi Chase and Richard Owen plus injury victims Kirk Dixon, Daryl Clark and Joe Arundel were behind from the fourth minute and eventually sank to a 40-10 defeat in their first game on the controversial synthetic Widnes pitch.
Tries from Stefan Marsh, Frank Winterstein and Ben Davies, with three goals kicked by Patrick Ah Van, gave the Vikings an 18-4 lead with Castleford’s only reply coming from a 14th minute effort when Nick Youngquest shrugged off a tackle to score after taking Craig Huby’s offload.
The hosts stretched their advantage to 24 points with two more tries in the first 10 minutes of the second half, Paul McShane and Joe Mellor both going over, before Cas briefly threatened a comeback as
Stuart Jones showed good determination to get over the line and Huby added the conversion.
Any Tigers hopes were dashed on 66 minutes when Eamon O’Carroll got fingertips to a McShane kick over the line with the video referee confirming a try.
Widnes came up with one more score nine minutes from time when Rhys Hanbury sent Ah Van over in the corner then added a touchline conversion to rub salt into the Castleford wound.
Scorers - Widnes: Tries Marsh, Wintertstein, Davies, McShane, Mellor, O’Carroll, Ah Van; goals Ah Van 5, Hanbury. Castleford: Tries Youngquest, Jones; goal Huby.
Widnes: Phelps; Isa, Marsh, Dean, Ah Van; Mellor, Hanbury; Cross, Clarke, Pickersgill, Winterstein, Allen, Cahill. Subs: Davies, McShane, O'Carroll, Kite.
Castleford: Youngquest; Clare, Griffin, Thompson, Williams; Ferres, McGoldrick; Walker, Milner, Huby, Millington, Holmes, Snitch. Subs: Orr, Jones, Emmitt, Massey.
Referee: Steve Ganson.