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Jon Walters own goals against Chelsea – relive some of the best ever

Walters at the double… for Chelsea! After Stoke midfielder's two own goals, relive some of the best (or worst) ever

Rik Sharma


16:31 GMT, 12 January 2013



17:17 GMT, 12 January 2013

With a surging run ahead of two Chelsea players, Jon Walters flung himself through the air and powered a bullet header in to the back of the net. Sadly for him, it was his own net.

To the dismay of his manager Tony Pulis, he was at it again in the second half, becoming only the fourth player in the Premier League to bag a brace of own goals (following Jamie Carragher, Gary Breen and Michael Proctor).

The cherry on the cake was a late penalty miss for the Irishman, which turned a disastrous afternoon into one that beggars belief.

In honour of Walters' spectacular day, Sportsmail took a look back at some of the classic own goals which have been scored in the past.

Oh no: Jon Walters afternoon got worse the longer it went on

Oh no: Jon Walters afternoon got worse the longer it went on

Lethal: Walters made no mistake as he headed his side behind

Lethal: Walters made no mistake as he headed his side behind

John Arne Riise

Chelsea were the beneficiaries yet again as the flame-haired Norwegian made his mark. With Liverpool on the brink of taking a 1-0 Champions League semi-final lead back to Stamford Bridge, up popped Riise to even the score, beating his own keeper Pepe Reina with a classy header in the 94th minute. It finished 1-1 and Chelsea won the second leg 3-1.

Peter Enckelman

In the first Birmingham derby since the Blues won promotion to the Premier League in 2002, Aston Villa goalkeeper Peter Enckelman carved his name into Brummie folklore with a howler of epic proportions.

With City winning 1-0, captain Olof Mellberg harmlessly chucked Enckelman the ball from a throw-in. The young stopper misjudged the slowly-rolling ball, which ran under his foot and into the net. Birmingham won 3-0.

Lee Dixon

Full-back Lee Dixon made a mockery of Arsenal's famously tight defence in the early 1990s when he lobbed team-mate David Seaman from distance to send opponents Coventry on their way to victory against George Graham's side.

Iain Dowie

Iain Dowie ended a worrying goal drought during his time at West Ham with a perfectly-executed header past Ludek Miklosko which even his own fans must have been tempted to applaud. Dowie's equaliser for Stockport helped them on their way to a 2-1 win in 1996.

Djimi Traore

Rafael Benitez's first FA Cup tie as Liverpool boss ended in humiliating defeat at Burnley in 2005 after French defender Traore performed a perfect pirouette in the six-yard box, comically dragging the ball into his own net with his heel as he twirled to hand victory to the Coca-Cola Championship club.

Jamie Pollock

An own goal that would have been one of the goals of the season had it been scored at the other end. Playing against QPR in 1998, Manchester City defender Pollock flicked the ball over an opponent's head before trying to head the ball back to his goalkeeper, who was in no man's land and could only watch as the ball sailed into the net.

Chris Brass

Probably the funniest own goal ever scored came from Bury's Chris Brass, whose attempted clearance against Darlington in 2006 hit his own face and careered into the net. To add injury to insult, Brass suffered a broken nose in the process. However, Bury did come back to win late on.


OFI Kreta's Mirnes Sisic launched the ball miles into the night sky – directly above his head, only for it to fall back down into the net past the flapping keeper. The opponents Panionios scored an own goal to level it out later on, before ANOTHER own goal was scored by Kreta to throw the game away.

Middlesbrough 3 Huddersfield 0 – match report: Scott McDonald hits double

Middlesbrough 3 Huddersfield 0: McDonald double gets Boro back to winning ways



22:31 GMT, 27 November 2012

Scott McDonald's brace helped Middlesbrough recover from back-to-back defeats as they recorded a convincing win over an out-of-sorts Huddersfield.

Boro's impressive start to the campaign had hit a snag when they suffered successive losses to Cardiff and Bristol City, but they got back to winning ways in front of nearly 22,000 at the Riverside this evening.

With Marvin Emnes and Ishmael Miller both on the bench, McDonald repaid manager Tony Mowbray's faith in starting him by stabbing home the opener.

At the double: Scott McDonald (right) hit two goals as Middlesbrough beat Huddersfield

At the double: Scott McDonald (right) hit two goals as Middlesbrough beat Huddersfield


Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Halliday (Parnaby 90), Ledesma (Zemmama 87), Bailey, McEachran, Smallwood, McDonald, Jutkiewicz (Miller 87).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Emnes, Luke Williams.

Booked: Hoyte.

Goals: McDonald 28, Ledesma 66, McDonald 85.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Lynch, Peter Clarke, Dixon, Ward, Norwood (Atkinson 54), Arfield, Robinson (Hammill 54), Church, Novak (Lee 68).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Gerrard, Wallace.

Att: 21,850

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).


Only the crossbar denied the hosts a
second before the break as Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies pushed
Peter Clarke's hacked clearance on to the woodwork.

Lukas Jutkiewicz and McDonald
continued to cause the visitors' back four problems but it was Emmanuel
Ledesma who got the second goal with a dipping free-kick just after the
hour mark.

McDonald then fired in his second of
the evening, Jutkiewicz once again grabbing the assist, to extend
Huddersfield's winless streak to three games.

Both sides made changes from their weekend XIs and it was Huddersfield who were the more impressive starters.

After a couple of speculative efforts
went wide, Jack Hunt's mazy run culminated in a vicious left-foot strike
which just whistled over the top of the crossbar.

There was plenty of frustration for
the home side early on as Josh McEachran and Ledesma failed to coax out
their creative sides.

That all changed 28 minutes in, though, as McDonald turned in Jutkiewicz's centre for the opener.

Justin Hoyte burst into the box from
his right-back berth and rolled the ball to Jutkiewicz, who in turn
fired across goal where McDonald produced one of his predatory finishes.

You beauty: Emmanuel Ledesma (second right) scores the second goal for Boro from a free kick

You beauty: Emmanuel Ledesma (second right) scores the second goal for Boro from a free kick

Terriers captain Clarke then had his goalkeeper Smithies to thank just before the break as he spared the centre-back's blushes.

Jutkiewicz kept his head down when
embarking on a run and was oblivious to the fact nobody in a red shirt
was near his cut across, yet Clarke sliced his clearance towards goal
and Smithies had to palm the ball on to the crossbar.

Smithies' opposite number Jason Steele
also had to be alert to ensure Scott Arfield's dipping effort did not
drop under his crossbar.

McDonald and Jutkiewicz almost
combined to devastating effect once more minutes after the break but the
latter dallied when the chance materialised, allowing Smithies to
narrow the gap and make the save.

Manager Simon Grayson waited less than
10 minutes after the interval to make alterations for the visitors,
introducing Adam Hammill and Chris Atkinson.

It did not prevent Boro's front two
from threatening their goal once more, however, as Jutkiewicz displayed
great strength to turn away from two men before teeing up McDonald, who
smashed an effort narrowly wide.

The hosts did not have to wait much longer to double their advantage as Ledesma curled in a magical 25-yard free-kick.

The Argentinian earned the set piece
himself, when he cajoled Paul Dixon into tripping him, and his curling
effort dipped so low that Smithies could only push it into the roof of
his net.

Jutkiewicz forced Smithies into a good
save before he once more assumed his role as the provider for McDonald
five minutes from time.

The visitors wanted play stopped with
Hunt down on the ground injured but Boro continued unabated and
Jutkiewicz's cushioned header down was drilled home by McDonald to wrap
up the points.

Huddersfield 1 Bristol City 0: Sean Scannell strike leaves Robins in trouble

Huddersfield 1 Bristol City 0: Scannell strike leaves Robins in trouble


17:22 GMT, 3 November 2012



19:13 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sean Scannell's first-half goal sentenced Bristol City to their fifth successive defeat.

The former Crystal Palace attacker rounded off a smart move from Simon Grayson's side on 43 minutes to net what proved to be the winning goal.

City came closest to grabbing an equaliser deep into added time but Alex Smithies pulled off a superb save to keep out Stephen McManus' header.

On target: Sean Scannell (second left) celebrates his winner for Huddersfield

On target: Sean Scannell (second left) celebrates his winner for Huddersfield

The Terriers, without the suspended Jack Hunt and injured strike duo Jermaine Beckford and James Vaughan, made four changes with Scannell, Oliver Norwood, Calum Woods and Paul Dixon getting the nod.

Match facts

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Woods, Dixon, P Clarke, Lynch, Norwood (Robinson, 80), Clayton, Hammill (Ward, 73), Southern, Scannell (Gerrard, 88), Novak Subs not used: Bennett, Wallace, Arfield, Lee

Yellow card: Woods

Scorer: Scannell, 43

Bristol City: Gerken, Foster, Fontaine, McManus, Briggs, Skuse, Pearson (Woolford, 80), Elliott (Kilkenny, 64), Adomah, Baldock, Stead (Taylor, 75) Subs not used: Heaton, Wilson, Nyatanga, Anderson

Yellow cards: Fontaine, Adomah

Referee: Salisbury

Att: 12,561

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City, missing hamstrung top scorer Steven Davies, also shuffled their pack.

Liam Fontaine and Marvin Elliott returned from injury, Dean Gerken made his first npower Championship start of the season while Sam Baldock and Albert Adomah joined former Huddersfield man Jon Stead up front for struggling City.

The only real chance of an extremely quiet opening 40 minutes came from a free-kick after nine minutes after Stead was fouled on the edge of the box.

Adomah stepped up with a right-footed effort that drifted wide of Smithies' goal.

And there was very little to worry the Bristol City backline until two minutes before the break when Lee Novak's cut-back from the left wing was perfectly timed for the onrushing Scannell to mark his return to the starting line-up with a finish past Gerken from six yards out.

The visitors nearly drew level on the stroke of half-time when Cole Skuse's half-volley deflected off Peter Clarke and bounced wide.

There was another good chance shortly after the interval with Gerken forced into a fine save at his near post from Woods.

At the other end Huddersfield-born Stead had his first real sight of goal but his curling shot could not test Smithies.

The young keeper did have to be at his best just after the hour mark to deny Baldock on the line and keep his side's lead intact after the ball fell to the former West Ham forward.

Winger Adam Hammill had already seen one effort fall just wide before letting rip with a left-footed effort that fizzed over Gerken's crossbar on 68 minutes.

Ryan Taylor and Martyn Woolford were then introduced as Derek McInnes' men searched for a goal to end their miserable run of defeats.

Their next opportunity came from the right foot of the former York winger, who tried his luck from the edge of the box but his rising effort went over the bar as City continued to press.

Woolford then produced a lovely inviting ball across the box which was inches away from connecting with Baldock in added time and then in the final move of the match McManus looked to have grabbed a dramatic leveller but Smithies, at full stretch, got a hand to the Scot's effort.

Lee Dixon quits BBC

Dixon quits BBC with ITV lining up former Arsenal defender to replace Southgate



07:45 GMT, 19 July 2012

Moving on: Dixon has left the BBC

Moving on: Dixon has left the BBC

Lee Dixon has announced he's quitting the BBC, with rivals ITV readying a deal to land the highly-rated football pundit.

The former Arsenal and England defender, 48, is being lined up to replace Gareth Southgate when he is appointed FA technical director.

Another pull for Dixon is his friendship with ITV football presenter Adrian Chiles.

Dixon revealed on Twitter that he wouldn't be renewing his deal with the Beeb.

'Sad to be leaving BBC,' he wrote. 'Nothing lasts forever. New challenges ahead. Loved my time there. Wonderful people… Just time to move on.'

Dixon has emerged as one of the leading pundits on the BBC's football coverage and will end an eight-year association with the corporation.

While ITV remain the frontrunners to sign Dixon, BT are also said to be interested in his services when they gain rights to the Barclays Premier League next season.

Dario Franchitti wins third Indy 500 title

Franchitti wins third Indy 500 title and pays tribute to Wheldon



21:59 GMT, 27 May 2012

Scotsman Dario Franchitti claimed his third Indy 500 title on Sunday after seeing off Takuma Sato in a thrilling finale.

Sato pulled level with Franchitti on the first turn in the final lap but over exerted and flew into the outside wall.

Impact: Takuma Sato (right) spins on the final lap to leave Dario Franchitti out in front

Impact: Takuma Sato (right) spins on the final lap to leave Dario Franchitti out in front

Oh Sato: Takuma Sato crashes on the final lap

Oh Sato: Takuma Sato crashes on the final lap

Spinning out: Sato crashes into the wall

Spinning out: Sato crashes into the wall

That allowed Franchitti the opportunity to cruise home ahead of team-mate Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.

In the winner's circle, Franchitti donned a pair of white sunglasses to honour British compatriot Dan Wheldon, last year's Indy500 winner who was killed in the final race of the 2011 season.

'I want to thank all the fans for saluting our Dan today,' said Franchitti. 'What a race.'

Home alone: Dario Franchitti goes clear to win his third Indy 500

Home alone: Dario Franchitti goes clear to win his third Indy 500

Franchitti bang, bang, bang: The great Scot after his third Indy 500 success

Franchitti bang, bang, bang: The great Scot after his third Indy 500 success

Tribute: Franchitti wearing the white sunglasses in honour of Dan Wheldon

Tribute: Franchitti wearing the white sunglasses in honour of Dan Wheldon

Castleford 26 Wakefield 32: Tim Smith seals Magic Weekend win for Wildcats

Castleford 26 Wakefield 32: Smith seals stunning Magic Weekend win for Wildcats



14:47 GMT, 26 May 2012

Australian scrum-half Tim Smith scored his first try since making his Wakefield debut three months ago to help his side to victory in an 11-try feast at the Magic Weekend in Manchester.

Castleford thought they had snatched the points when substitute forward Nathan Massey went over three minutes from the end but the try was disallowed by video referee James Child for offside.

Smith then immediately went over for the Wildcats' sixth try to settle the first of seven games at the Etihad Stadium played in energy-sapping sunshine.

Touching down: Tim Smith (R) secures the win for Wakefield after breaking through the tackle of Brett Ferres

Touching down: Tim Smith (R) secures the win for Wakefield after breaking through the tackle of Brett Ferres

The Tigers were hoping for redemption following their Super League record 70-12 humiliation at Hull KR, after which they issued a public apology, and their whole-hearted efforts will have won back much of the supporters' trust.

Nobody tried harder than Rangi Chase, the reigning Man of Steel who made a big impact on his return from a three-match ban, setting up three of his side's five tries but gifting two to his opponents.

Wakefield's win enabled them to avenge a 34-16 home defeat on Good Friday and leapfrog their arch rivals into 11th place in the table.

Smoking: Wakefield's Steve Southerns is greeted by cheerleaders as he runs out onto the pitch

Smoking: Wakefield's Steve Southerns is greeted by cheerleaders as he runs out onto the pitch

The Tigers made the perfect start, scoring the game's first try before their opponents had touched the ball, Chase getting centre Jordan Thompson through a gap in the Wakefield defence for a try in his third successive match.

Kirk Dixon's goal made it 6-0 and winger Rhys Williams was inches away from scoring on his debut when he was hauled down short of the line but the Tigers' deficiencies quickly re-surfaced as they conceded two tries in a four-minute spell.

Chase's pass was intercepted by Wildcats centre Vince Mellars, who held off all pursuers on an 80-metre sprint to the line, while full-back Richard Mathers, who is on a season-long loan from Castleford, jinked his way over from close range.

Tigers forward Stuart Jones, enjoying a rare outing at hooker, went over from dummy half for his side's second try but two handling errors from Williams put his side under pressure and Wakefield made it tell when second rower Steve Southern touched down Smith's grubber kick.

Man on the run: Nick Youngquest is held up by Danny Kirmond (R)

Man on the run: Nick Youngquest is held up by Danny Kirmond (R)

The sides then traded further tries as the soaring temperatures began to take their toll.

Winger Nick Youngquest followed up Chase's high kick to touch down but a Chase fumble deep inside his own half gifted Wakefield a glorious attacking position and they duly scored a fourth try with Smith's short pass getting loose forward Danny Washbook over.

Chase immediately made amends by offloading from the tackle for Danny Orr and Grant Millington to work second rower Oliver Holmes over for the Tigers' fourth try.

Reaching out: Youngquest rises with Peter Fox (2R) and Dean Collis (3R)

Reaching out: Youngquest rises with Peter Fox (2R) and Dean Collis (3R)

While Paul Sykes kicked his fourth goal from as many attempts for the Wildcats, Dixon succeeded with just two of his four kicks to leave his side trailing 24-20 at the break.

Defences improved in the second half but the errors continued, although Youngquest was particularly unfortunate when the ball took a wicked bounce from Smith's kick on halfway and went over his head to gift Wakefield winger Peter Fox a try.

Magic moment: Peter Fox celebrates his try for Wakefield

Magic moment: Peter Fox celebrates his try for Wakefield

Sykes lost his 100 per cent record with the boot and Castleford received a lifeline when winger Ben Cockayne scythed through their defence after collecting Chase's kick and reached the corner but was unable to ground the ball after Owen's valiant last-ditch tackle.

Orr then set up a grandstand finish when he cut through for a solo try 11 minutes from the end which he converted himself to cut the gap to just two points but the Wildcats hung on and Smith's late effort ensured a memorable victory.

Martin O"Neill backs James McClean"s inclusion

Get McClean on that plane! O'Neill makes case for starlet's place in Ireland Euro squad



22:00 GMT, 25 March 2012

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has urged Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni not to overlook winger James McClean for his Euro 2012 Finals squad.

The 350,000 summer signing from Derry City has been a sensation in his first 15 Barclays Premier League appearances under O'Neill, since making his debut as a substitute in O'Neill's first game in early December.

He made his Ireland debut last month to huge emotional acclaim in Dublin but before and afterwards Trapattoni insisted McClean was 'for the future' and he would stay loyal to players who took an Irish squad back to a major final for the first time in 10 years.

Impact: James McClean has made a splash since his introduction to the first-team

Impact: James McClean has made a splash since his introduction to the first-team

Stephen Hunt, who has not started a game for Wolves while McClean has been terrorising Premier League right-backs of all experience and ability, comes to mind.

On Saturday McClean destroyed former England full-back Luke Young, playing a part in all three goals and scoring his fifth since his dramatic arrival against Blackburn Rovers.

After highlighting his man of the match performance, Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer and Lee Dixon both said they expect to see McClean in Ireland's three Euro 2012 games against Croatia, Italy and Spain. Trapattoni's final words on the subject in March were that `a young player has to be very good'.

O'Neill said: 'My personal view, and of course I see him every day, is that I see no reason why he can't make the squad.

'The last time the Irish coach saw him was the West Brom game and it wasn't the best for us all round. But James is hard to ignore.

Pick him: Giovanni Trapattoni (left) at the Euro 2012 draw

Pick him: Giovanni Trapattoni (left) at the Euro 2012 draw

'And to be part of the squad I can understand the manager Trapattoni thinking, he has done wonders to get them through and of course you want to show loyalty to the players that got them there but if there is a space there I think James should take it up.'

O'Neill has brought in his former winger Steve Guppy to mentor the 23-year-old, who was rewarded with a new contract last week. Of course it is early days but there were signs already that McClean is adding variety to his relentless energy and enthusiasm.

It is thanks to Sunderland scout Pop Robson's persistence that O'Neill is now benefitting from McClean's decision to turn his back on Wigan and Peterborough to join Sunderland. His predecessor Steve Bruce, urged on by former chairman Niall Quinn, also paid the initial 350,000 to Derry.

His defensive work is also impressive, and will be a major tick in one of the demanding Trapattoni's boxes, and O'Neill is delighted with the impact he has made.

O'Neill said: 'James does the defensive work. It comes naturally to him. He will get back for you willingly. It is a great sight when you are playing left back to have him in front of you. What a relief you must get as he will always come back and help you out.

Backer: Martin O'Neill has high praise for McLean

Backer: Martin O'Neill has high praise for McLean

'You would think with the energy he puts into the game and the effort he puts in to get back he would get tired, but he just keeps going. But I don't think he wants to rest up at the moment as he is enjoying himself so much.

'His confidence is up. He feels as if he can beat a lot of full backs. He has already come up against some really good players. Sagna is probably as good as any right back and I thought he gave him a really tough time and he can only get better.

'He has made himself a major player here. We didn't really have anybody of that ilk at the football club and certainly don't possess anyone as good as him. Maybe that is why he is playing every week. He gave Luke Young a really tough time.' McClean meanwhile admits he is still pinching himself after a whirlwind first six months in England.

Two years ago his dream of becoming a Premier League footballer looked in tatters after he returned from a trial with League Two Lincoln City because he was homesick, and because Derry were eager to re-sign him after they had returned to the top flight of Irish football.

Now he has Poland and Ukraine in his sights, plus the small matter of a Wembley appearance in the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool.

McClean said: 'I'm pinching myself, because it's going so well. A lot has happened in the last few months, but I knew that if was given a chance I would give it a good go and do as much as I can to stay in the team.

'When I first came over, the manager said to me “just work hard and try and get your debut” but things have happened a bit quicker than that. Hopefully the next few months will be even better again.

Shift: McLean is not afraid of hard work

Shift: McLean is not afraid of hard work

'The manager has given me a lot of confidence just by selecting me, but I'm also really enjoying my football and I feel I can continue.

'I've grown up watching the Premier League week in week out and you just dream of playing here. I'm relishing it, just enjoying every moment.

'I watched the Cup finals from being no age right up to last year. Just to be involved in that this year would be a miracle, a dream come true.

'My hero was the Brazilian Ronaldo, the striker, and being a massive United fan, Ryan Giggs as well. All my friends ask what it's like to be on the pitch with your heroes and whether I'm overawed, but I'm not actually. I just take things as they come.

'They're just human like me. Being a Man United fan, I had to come here and have my first day in the changing room with Wes Brown and John O'Shea and you think “wow”, but you're not fazed by it.

'The players give you more respect if you're not star-struck or anything like that. You've got to earn their respect on the training pitch as well.'

Castleford 28 Hull 42: Danny Tickle scores 18 points

Castleford 28 Hull 42: Tigers Tickled as Gentle's side round off good week



17:30 GMT, 25 March 2012

Castleford Tigers were unable to arrest their losing run as Hull FC rounded off a superb week with a fourth straight Stobart Super League win.

Peter Gentle's side completed the high-profile signing of England forward Gareth Ellis on Wednesday and had too much for a Tigers side that have yet to win since their victory at Salford in round one.

The lead exchanged hands on several occasions in a frantic first half at the PROBIZ Coliseum, but Hull took control after the interval and eventually ran out comfortable winners.


Danny Tickle scored one of his side's seven tries and finished with 18 points following a flawless kicking display, while Rangi Chase laid on four scores in a losing cause for Castleford.

The Tigers were able to welcome back influential duo Danny Orr and Josh Griffin, who each missed last weekend's defeat to Huddersfield Giants through injury.

However, it was Hull who claimed an early lead with Tongan forward Sam Moa burrowing under the posts from close range after a succession of penalties had given his team excellent field position.

The hosts responded well and were soon in front.

An excellent break from Chase ended with last year's Man of Steel looping a pass out to the left for Nick Youngquest to go over in the corner.

Tickle then put the restart out of play and Castleford duly crossed again through Jonathan Walker. Kirk Dixon, who had missed with his first kick, added the goal to make it 10-6.

Hull hit back with Willie Manu left with a simple finish after Jordan Turner had burst clear down the wing, only to be stopped inches short of the line.

The impressive Chase provided a second assist, this time for Grant Millington, as Castleford reclaimed the lead before seeing another score disallowed for offside.

Hull then surged in front again through Turner, who provided a further demonstration of his pace by gliding past Josh Griffin.

Tickle maintained his 100% record with the boot and added a further two points on the stroke of half-time after Chase had been penalised for squaring up to Rich Whiting in an off-the-ball incident.

There was further controversy prior to Tickle's penalty as Tigers full-back Richard Owen was involved in an angry exchange with the Hull supporters behind the goal.

Tom Briscoe looked to have added a fourth try for the Black and Whites at the start of the second half following more good work from Turner, but the winger was adjudged to have stepped into touch.

A porous Castleford defence was breached again, however, by Tickle, who picked up a knock in the act of scoring, leaving Whiting to miss a tricky touchline conversion.

Another rash of penalties followed as Hull piled on the pressure, culminating in Brett Seymour crossing on the short side. Tickle was able to resume kicking duties and made no mistake.

The Tigers reduced their arrears when Chase found Griffin all alone on the right for a simple score, which Dixon converted.

However, it was Hull who finished much the stronger, with Briscoe representing a particularly potent threat.

The 22-year-old added his name to the scoresheet after a neat offload from Manu, who then grabbed his second try following another fine break from Briscoe.

Brett Ferres went over at the death for Castleford, Chase offering a fourth assist, but it represented little consolation for Ian Millward's men.

Bradford 12 St Helens 8: Crisis deepens for Saints

Bradford 12 St Helens 8: Foster the villain for sorry Saints



23:06 GMT, 17 March 2012

Goal-kicking winger Jamie Foster was
the hapless fall guy for St Helens as they stumbled to a fourth
consecutive Super League defeat.

Foster's rash kick at Elliott
Whitehead contributed to the rarity of an eight-point try in the first
half for Bradford Bulls, who went on to claim their first home victory
of the season.

Foster then committed a schoolboy error, allowing the ball to bounce and gifting a try to winger Karl Pryce.

Crowded out: St Helens were consigned to their worst league run in 23 years

Crowded out: St Helens were consigned to their worst league run in 23 years

It got worse for Foster when he was sin-binned for a professional foul after 55 minutes then hit an upright with a conversion attempt as Saints tried to salvage the game in the last minute.

It will not get any easier for Saints, whose next three games are against world champions Leeds, Warrington and Wigan.

Bradford's Ben Jeffries gave a masterful display of tactical kicking and said: 'The boys were fantastic tonight, particularly our forwards and our kick and chase was fantastic.'

Saints captain Paul Wellens admitted this is one of the lowest points of his long career.

'There is no point in sulking. Our performances are not up to scratch and we are probably guilty of trying too hard,' he said.

Saints were ahead after 21 minutes through Andrew Dixon's try, although the match officials missed a blatant forward pass by Anthony Laffranchi.

The eight-point try swung the game Bradford's way after 34 minutes. Referee Richard Silverwood penalised Saints winger Foster for kicking out at Bradford's second-rower Whitehead and catching him on the head as he grounded the ball.

Saints protested, but Paul Sykes converted and was then given a second kick at goal from in front of the posts.

It gave Bradford an 8-4 lead at the interval and within three minutes another error by Foster, who ignored Jeffries's kick, thinking it was bouncing into touch, gifted a try to Pryce.

It was a hard slog in the wet conditions but Bradford defended well until Francis Meli sprinted 60 yards to score in the corner in the final minute.

Ironically, Foster provided the pass.

London Broncos 42 Castleford Tigers 16: Gower on song as hosts bounce back

London Broncos 42 Castleford Tigers 16: Gower on song as Broncos bounce back



17:31 GMT, 10 March 2012

Impressive: Craig Gower of London Broncos

Impressive: Craig Gower of London Broncos

Craig Gower guided the London Broncos
to their first win of the Super League season as they ran in eight tries
to beat Castleford.

Gower grabbed a try and, with the
game still in the balance during the second half, created a crucial late
score for Jason Golden.

David Howell crossed twice for the
Broncos with his opening score complimented by tries from Gower, Chris
Bailey and Matt Cook in the first half.

Castleford remained in touch though
with Nick Youngquest and Kirk Dixon going over and when Ryan McGoldrick
dotted down early in the second half the game was up for grabs.

Dan Sarginson gave the hosts
breathing space on the hour before Gower sent over Golden to break
Castleford's resistence as late tries from Chris Melling and Howell blew
out the winning margin.

For the Tigers it was a fifth defeat in six as they struggle to get their own season up and running.

The Broncos mixed things up as they looked to end their dismal start to the campaign, with Sarginson, Tony Clubb and Karl Temata all returning from injury.

For Castleford there was a recall for prop Jonathan Walker as they aimed to bounce back from last weekend's loss to Leeds.

The Londoners, still smarting from last week's drubbing at Salford, started the brighter, forcing the Tigers on to the back foot.

And it was the hosts who took a deserved lead on six minutes, a Chad Randall miss-pass carving open a huge gap for Howell to stride through and touch down. Randall turned provider again moments later, charging down a Danny Orr kick before seizing on the loose ball and feeding Bailey for a clear run to the line.

The home side were to shoot themselves in the foot right from the restart though, Antonio Kaufusi coughing up the ball near his own line, with Youngquest darting over in the corner to get the Tigers on the board.

There was plenty of enterprise and gusto coming from both sides, with a high-scoring encounter looking on the cards very early on.

Castleford came mightily close to levelling before the 20-minute mark, Jake Emmitt spilling as he attempted to ground the ball, only for Liam Colbon to knock on with the line at his mercy for the hosts moments later.

There was no such mistake from the visitors on 22 minutes, a short Rangi Chase pass seeing Dixon crash through some weak tackling and cross at the sticks.

Youngquest looked like he might be in for his second shortly afterwards, only for a last-ditch tackle from Luke Dorn to save the day.

That proved vital on the half-hour mark as the Broncos regained the lead, Gower bursting through a gap from close range to touch down.

Even better was to come before the break for the hosts, Cook stretching over after Dorn had snaffled a booming Michael Witt kick.

The visitors came out fired up after the restart and were quick to come up with a try of their own, poor defence out wide allowing McGoldrick to cross with ease.

The game was there for the taking for either side, with both having further try-scoring opportunities in the next 10 minutes repelled by strong defence.

The Londoners took a grip of sorts on the contest on the hour-mark, Sarginson showing great strength to force his way over after Michael Robertson had touched back Witt's kick.

That lead became 16 points when Gower charged through a gap before offloading for Golden to stroll home for a decisive score.

Further late scores from Melling and Howell added the gloss to an eight-try display.