Fryston quick out of blocks to win cup final

Castleford Open Cup Winners Fryston Warriors. Picture: Matthew Merrick
Castleford Open Cup Winners Fryston Warriors. Picture: Matthew Merrick

Fryston Warriors made light of wet conditions to ease to a 62-18 victory over Cutsyke Raiders in the Castleford & Featherstone ARL David Poulter Open Cup final.

The game, which was hosted by hospitable Castleford RUFC and well controlled by referee Andy Sweet, was over as a contest inside the opening quarter, by which stage the newly-crowned Pennine League champions had posted three tries against the Division Two title hopefuls.

Cutsyke, however, showed great resilience, hitting back before a big crowd with tries by Danny Noon and Lee Cartwright, whose second score came at the death. Gav Lightowler improved each effort.

There was, though, no doubt as to Fryston’s superiority. The Warriors, with prop Jack Smith – the Craig Hopson Memorial man of the match – setting a strong platform, had opened with tries by Wayne McHugh, Ryan Meah and Lee Land and led 30-6 at the break through further touchdowns for McHugh and Meah, Andy Speake adding each conversion.

Cartwright opened and closed the scoring in the second period but, between-times, Fryston dominated with touchdowns for Land (twice, for his hat-trick), Jack Lee, Scott Horner, Dale Cogan and, with his third score, McHugh. Cogan landed four goals to complete the scoring.