SKIPTON made it two out of two with a 23-5 away win at Castleford to take them to seventh in Yorkshire 3 on Saturday.

A youthful Skipton squad with eight players under 21 years old made a strong start to the game but the visitors suffered two early setbacks with centre Alex Baldwin pulling a hamstring and winger and place-kicker Jonny Tomes-Green taking a knock to the head, being replaced by Miff Smith and Reuben Johnson.

A poor goal line drop out by Skipton put them under pressure. They conceded two penalties and Castleford swung the ball out wide to score an unconverted try in the corner, but it was to be the home side's only points of the game.

Skipton came straight back at Castleford putting a penalty kick into the corner. Flanker Jordan Wilson caught and drove through the line to score an unconverted try to level the scores. Castleford conceded a penalty in front of the posts ten minutes later and centre Hamish Munro slotted the kick to stretch Skipton's lead and take them into the break 8-5 up.

Early in the second-half a strong carry by skipper Anthony Chapman at stand-off broke Castleford's defensive line, with quick hands from second row Harry Maltby and scrum-half Michael Tam allowing Munro to put in a superb chip through for full-back Luther Hall to touch down. Munro added the extras with a well taken kick from the touch line.

Munro came close again in the next phase of play but the Castleford cover defence just got to the ball before him. Wilson returned the goal line drop-out and quickly re-cycled ball saw Munro over but denied again. Skipton gained some consolation with another Munro penalty in front of the posts and increased their lead to 18-5.

Jake Emmison then replaced Michael Tam at scrum-half and fresh legs saw a strong pick and go, with Emmison unlucky not to score. Castleford picked up a yellow card for a high tackle and a midfield carry by No.8 Joe Hayes put full-back Hall clear on the right for Skipton's third try.

Skipton new signing Alex Bowdler replaced Chris Wright at prop with some impressive ball carries, and Josh Pearson came into the pack for Will Havers-Strong.

With ten minutes to go, Skipton pressed hard for the fourth try. Castleford fought hard to hold out and the Reds came away with a satisfying away win.