Warriors close out Lane to reach semi

Castleford Lock Lane 4

Hunslet Warriors 22

THE Warriors always expected a warm reception at Castleford Lock Lane and so it proved in this National Conference League interim season quarter-final play-off.

A good crowd witnessed a tight opening 10 minutes with the home team applying most of the pressure. However the visitors took the lead as second row Omar Medhi and scrum-half Jim Baker allowed Warriors’ MoM stand-off Richard Wheelhouse to kick through for winger Az Niles to collect and ground.

Lane MoM, Tom Wood, forward Ben Mawson and full-back Mikey Thomlinson attacked strongly.

The visitors’ defence held firm before Liam Gale caused havoc as he powered through the defence before offloading to Medhi and in turn loose forward Caldon Bravo. He found playmaker Wheelhouse whose pin-point pass saw hooker Matty Scott cross unopposed. Full-back Gary McClelland added the extras.

Before half-time Lane had plenty of possession but could not break the outstanding defensive work from centre Joel Henry, prop Johnny Dawson, second row Amir Benatmane and hooker Amraz Hamid.

The Warriors started the second half brightly. Winger Niles had an effort ruled out for a foot in touch.

Wheelhouse forced the error to regain possession he found Mark Cunningham who outpacde the defence to score, McClelland was on target with the conversion.

Lane’s pressure was rewarded on 55 minutes as loose forward Paul Couch burst through for a well deserved try before prop Ben Mawson was stopped short of the line by a classic tackle from Paul Sebine.

Two minutes from time the Warriors completed the scoring as tireless prop Dawson found Karl Featherstone who spotted a gap to reach forward and ground the ball. McClelland adding the extras.

Warriors coach Paul Jackson said: “To a man they gave 100 per cent and thoroughly deserve to be in the play off semi-final.” The Warriors now entertain Bradford Dudley Hill on Saturday (2pm).