Rhiannion Marshall and Savannah Andrade both scored hat-tricks as Bradford Bulls Ladies earned a commanding 0-64 victory against Castleford Tigers Ladies.
However, their win was overshadowed by events which took place only 10 minutes into the game when Bradford’s Haylie Hields was taken away by an ambulance following an incident which caused damage to her neck and back muscles. The match was suspended for 35 minutes as medical staff from the local medical facility arrived. Latest news is that the player is recovering well.
Before the incident occurred, the match was a pretty even one. Both sides looked threatening and it was promising to be an even affair. Nevertheless, when the ambulance left the scene and the match resumed, it was Bradford who quickly found themselves on top.
Marshal opened the scoring and went on to convert her own try to give Bradford an early 6-0 advantage. She then turned provider and set up Jess Courtman who touched down on the right wing. Castleford had a few opportunities themselves but couldn’t make them count.
Then three tries in a space of 10 minutes really helped to assert Bradford’s dominance. With all three of the efforts scored down the right flank it was becoming evident which area of the field the visitors looked to penetrate.
The Bull’s went into the break 28-0 up and didn’t show any signs of stopping in the second half. Marshall completed her hat-trick before tries from Charlotte Booth and Stacey White made it 48-0.
Shona Hoyle added then added her name to the scoresheet before Lois Forsell scored her second and Andrade completed her hat-trick.
After the game the Bradford Bulls head coach, Mark Prescott said he was pleased with his team’s performance. He said: “The girls played really well. We defended really well and kept their score down to zero.”
The Castleford Tigers Ladies head coach, Lindsay Anfield, also commented on the match and said: “I’m more disappointed with the performance than the score line. The girls graft really hard in training, have a great attitude and work ethic but unfortunately just didn’t show up today. Having said that, they are a young team who are learning fast. We are only three games in and I’m sure they will want to put things right next week.”
Bradford will be looking for their third win of the season next week when they take on Wigan St. Patricks Ladies. Castleford, on the other hand, will be aiming for improvement as they travel to Wakefield for a highly anticipated local derby between the two brand new sides in the women’s premier division.