Castleford aim to end their St Helens hoodoo

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CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Terry Matterson (pictured) is grateful for a short turn-around as his side look to end their 19-year wait for an away win over St Helens on Monday afternoon.

Matterson’s men missed the chance to go top of Engage Super League when they slipped to a shock 28-24 defeat by lowly neighbours Wakefield on Friday, their first home defeat this year.

But the Tigers have had little time to lick their wounds as they prepare to take on a Saints side who are themselves smarting from a last-gasp Good Friday derby defeat by the identical scoreline at Wigan.

Castleford are seeking their first away win over St Helens in the summer era - in 16 visits to Knowsley Road they managed a solitary draw - but this time will face a trip to the “neutral” Stobart Stadium, where Saints suffered a first-ever home Super League defeat by Warrington earlier this season.

“We’re lucky it’s on again on Monday because it would have been a long seven days,” said Matterson.

“It’s not going to be easy going to St Helens because our record there is terrible but I’m pleased we’re playing in three days’ time now.”

Castleford’s last win at St Helens was in the third round of the Regal Trophy in December 1992 while their last league win was in the old Stones Bitter Championship in October 1990.