Ashton double inspires Wolves to victory


WARRINGTON Wolves recovered from a slow start to ease to a 30-8 Super League victory over Castleford Tigers at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

After falling behind inside the first 10 minutes to a Josh Simm try, two trademark Matty Ashton finishes in the left corner helped turn things around and Sam Burgess’ side didn’t look back.

The returning Stefan Ratchford landed two touchline conversions to make it 12-4 on the half hour mark, and then a break by Matt Dufty released Toby King to pass inside for Joe Philbin to add a third score.

Ratchford added the conversion and on the hooter, he added a penalty that went over via the crossbar to give the Wolves a 20-4 lead at half time.

Having recovered from a knock picked up towards the end of the first half, speedy Dufty used his footwork to get over and tighten Warrington’s grip on the game within three minutes of the restart.

Although Innes Senior stopped the rot for Castleford on 49 minutes, they still trailed by 18 points.

The video referee denied Adam Holroyd a try and Josh Thewlis was forced in to touch at the corner.

Thewlis did eventually get over for Warrington’s fifth try five minutes from the end to round off the scoring.

Warrington: Dufty, Thewlis, King, Ratchford, Ashton, Hayes, Drinkwater, Harrison, Walker, Vaughan, Holroyd, Fitzgibbon, Currie. Subs: Philbin, Musgrove, Powell, Wood (Whitehead).

Castleford: Hooley, Simm, Broadbent, Wood, Senior, Milnes, Miller, Lawler, Horne, Mustapha, El-Zakhem, Mellor, Westerman. Subs: Putt, Hall, Kibula, Johnson (Martin)


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