We made hard work of it – Matterson

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COACH Terry Matterson (pictured) was not entirely happy with Castleford’s revenge win at Millenium Magic on Saturday.

The Tigers ran in eight tries in a 40-20 victory as they avenged a 54-16 drubbing against Wakefield at Millenium Magic in Cardiff three years ago.

Substitute Dean Widders scored twice and teenagers Joe Arundel and Adam Milner also touched down as Castleford seized control with three tries in 10 minutes before half-time but Matterson was not completely satisfied.

“We made hard work of it,” he said.

“We gave them a sniff when we shouldn’t. It’s good not to be overly happy and win by 20 points so we’ll take that.”

Matterson was forced to make a late change to his line-up, bringing in prop Paul Jackson after new signing Nick Fozzard pulled out with a groin injury.

Said Matterson: “We are hoping Nick Fozzard’s injury is not too bad.

“He has been fantastic in training and pulled up a groin injury. We didn’t want to risk it with someone like Paul Jackson 100 per cent.

“We wouldn’t have been in that position in previous years and we would have played Nick Fozzard but I am confident with the depth we have at the moment which is a pleasing thing.

“Ryan Hudson got knocked out during the game but he is okay. He could have come back on but I thought the young kid did a really good job and after having a knock to the head we didn’t need him back on.

“Oliver Holmes and Adam Milner were two of our best players, along with Joe Arundel and Johnny Walker. We have four guys there that are in the starting 17 and keeping guys like Aspinwall out.”

Wakefield boss John Kear was proud of the efforts of his patched-up side and says the successful takeover of the club by local businessman Andrew Glover provided his team with a timely lift.

“It has been a very good week for the club,” he said. “We’ve got a new owner in and it’s very positive off the field.

“There was a visible lift in the camp around the hotel. The new owner, Andrew Glover, came in and spoke to the players this morning and what he said really helped them. Everybody is feeling much better.

“I think there will be new recruits. It won’t be wholesale but I think we’ll be a better team in round 27 than we are in round one.

“If they maintain their effort through the year, I think we’ll have a very satisfying season.

“It was a big, gutsy effort. I didn’t think we deserved a 20 points difference. All we were doing at times was just defending.

“I don’t think you can’t fault them for their efforts. I’m very proud of what they did.

“Some of those young lads can take great pride in what they’ve done today and some of the senior players really held their hand up and led from the front. It’s not doom and gloom whatsoever.”