St Helens Ladies and Castleford fight out thrilling draw

Chantelle Crowl - one of Saints' try scorers
Chantelle Crowl - one of Saints' try scorers
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There was drama until the bitter end for the second time in a couple of days as Saints Ladies followed in the footsteps of the club’s Super League side on Sunday when they were involved in a nerve-tingling encounter at Castleford Tigers.

Unlike the men’s team, who were 23-22 winners at nearby Leeds on Friday, they were only able to pick up a point in a `14-all draw but it was hard earned after being under a great deal of pressure in the final 40 minutes.

Saints tries all came in the first half through Leah Burke, Sarah Lovejoy and Chantelle Crowl and a Zoe Harris goal.

It gave the visitors a 14-8 interval lead but the Tigers roared back on the resumption to grab a share of the spoils.

Head coach Mark Brennan said: “I was really proud of our effort. All the players gave 100 per cent and their commitment was second to none. We did a lot of defending in the second half and spent a lot of time in our own half so credit to the women for standing up to the pressure.

“A draw was probably a fair result and it sets up the Challenge Cup game in two weeks’ time nicely.

“Once again massive thanks to all the fans who made the journey over to support the team. We all appreciate it.”