Mellor hat-trick secures Huddersfield win over Castleford

An Alex Mellor hat-trick moved Huddersfield to within two points of the play-offs thanks to a 20-18 win over Castleford.

The forward’s treble saw the Giants finally win a clash that saw the lead switch hands on several occasions.

For Castleford it was another frustrating evening, with the defeat compounded by an injury to Grant Millington.

A Greg Eden intercept saw Castleford lead inside the opening two minutes before Mellor got his first.

Cas went into the break 8-6 ahead thanks to a Peter Mata’utia penalty, although Mellor’s second try 60 seconds after half-time put Huddersfield ahead.

Matt Cook replied soon after to restore the Tigers’ lead, but Mellor’s treble after a break down the right secure Huddersfield the points.

Huddersfield: McIntosh, McGillvary, Turner, Uate, Gaskell, Frawley, Leeming, Matagi, Murphy, Mellor, Ta’ai, Jake Wardle, Joe Wardle. Subs: O’Brien, Roberts, Ikahihifo, Hewitt.

Castleford: Mata’utia, Clare, Minikin, Shenton, Eden, Trueman, Watts, Millington, McMeeken, Milner, Sene-Lefao, Moors, Turner. Subs: Cook, Clark, O’Neill, Smith.

A full report will be in Monday’s League Express.