In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on a man who was bitten in the face during a vicious attack in Castleford town centre.

Also in news:

- We speak to Castleford actor Colson Smith about being at the centre of one Coronation Street’s biggest storylines.

- The son of Britain’s most famous pools winner Viv Nicholson has paid tribute to his “loving and unique” mother following her death at the age of 79.

- Plans to build 343 homes next to two primary schools in Pontefract have been approved – despite fears over children’s safety.

- Workers at Kellingley Colliery - due to close at the end of the year - now fear the site could shut as early as June.

In sport:

- Castleford boss Daryl Powell sees his side’s next two Super League games at Widnes and Salford as “really important” as the Tigers aim to continue their climb.

- Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay will not take League One outfit North Wales Crusaders lightly in Sunday’s Challenge Cup clash at Wrexham.

- Reaction, match reports and photographs from last weekend’s games involving Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers.

- Pontefract Collieries stayed on course for the NCE League Division One title with Tuesday night’s 2-1 win at Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

- A full round up of amateur rugby league and football match reports, plus junior sport news.