11th March 2018, 17:35 | superleaguefeature
Castleford Tigers made it three straight wins as they took advantage of a poor first-half performance by Salford Red Devils to record a 22-8 victory in a scrappy Betfred Super League fixture.
The postponement of last week’s game at Hull KR rounded off a frustrating month for the 2017 Grand Finalists but they continue to chalk off the wins following a nightmare opening night at St Helens.
Michael Shenton and James Clare – on his second debut – touched down in a fast start by the Tigers before Luke Gale added a fourth goal to his own try to make it 20-0 at half-time.
Mistake-ridden Salford barely completed a set in the opening 40 minutes but did improve after the break and crossed through Junior Sa’u and Jake Bibby.
The Tigers could only add a Gale penalty in the second half as they eased off with the points in the bag.
Castleford head coach Daryl Powell insists he is content to keep chalking off ugly wins as he waits for conditions to improve.
“After round one everybody was questioning us but we’re doing some good things at the moment,” said Powell.
“It’s not fantastic at times but there are some signs that we’re in a good place.
“Three wins from four, we‘re going OK. We’re going to need to improve and get some consistent accuracy to what we’re doing.
“Ultimately it’s about getting two points every week and the last three games we’ve been able to do that.
“But we’re not kidding ourselves. We know we’ve got to improve over the coming weeks.”
Salford head coach Ian Watson admitted a slow start had cost his side.
“It’s probably as bad as we’ve been in the first 30 minutes,” said Watson.
“We’ve got to hold each other accountable for that. But in the last 50 minutes we were miles better.”