Posted: Friday 27th January 2023

Whitehaven (A) – Match Preview

The Fords will head to Cumbria on Sunday for their next pre-season friendly as they face Whitehaven at the LEL Arena!

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The Fords will head to Cumbria on Sunday for their next pre-season friendly as they face Whitehaven at the LEL Arena!

Cas were due to take part in their first contest of the year against Keighley Cougars last weekend which was unfortunately called off due to sub-zero temperatures, therefore Lee Radford’s men will be keen to take to the field this time around.

Sunday will mark the first match between the pair since Castleford were battling to make it back into Super League back in 2007, so it will be a nostalgic fixture for the Fords faithful who will be making the trip north.


When: Sunday 29th January 2023, 3pm kick-off

Where: The LEL Arena, Flatt Walks, Whitehaven, CA28 7RJ

Tickets are only available on the day at the ground.

Adults - £15

Concessions - £10

Juniors (U16) - £5 / Free when accompanied by a paying adult/concession

For any further ticketing inquiries regarding this fixture please contact Whitehaven directly on 01946 328 088.


Having missed out on the opportunity to run out at Keighley, First Team regulars Liam Watts, George Griffin, Nathan Massey, Adam Milner, and Jordan Turner, along with Kenny Edwards, George Lawler, Alex Mellor, and Jake Mamo are in line to have their first hit-outs of 2023.

New addition to the squad Albert Vete will be looking to make an impression on potentially his first Cas appearance and youngsters Cain Robb and Jacob Hookem will be in familiar territory having represented Whitehaven during loan stints.


Whitehaven finished their 2022 Betfred Championship campaign in 10th place, above the likes of London Broncos and Newcastle Thunder.

Haven also had a special Challenge Cup tie last year when they welcomed reigning champions St Helens to a packed LEL Arena and despite being on the wrong end of a 46-4 score line, it will be a day that will live long in the memory.

Their most recent pre-season contest came against Wigan Warriors last weekend where the hosts battled hard, but a young Wigan side eventually came out 22-14 winners.


Whitehaven: Sam Freeman, Dave Eccleston, Chris Taylor, Curtis Teare, Karl Dixon, Alex Bishop, Liam McAvoy, Tom Walker, Connor Holliday, Lachlan Lanskey, Dion Aiye, Jamie Doran, Lasarusa Tabu, Perry Singleton, Jake Bradley, Marcus O'Brien, Lucas Castle, Josh Rouke, Daniel Spencer-Tonks, Ross Ainley, Lewis Fairhurst, John Hutchings 

Castleford: Oliver Agar, Jack Broadbent, Kenny Edwards, Bureta Faraimo, Mahe Fonua, George Griffin, Jacob Hookem, George Lawler, Jake Mamo, Nathan Massey, Alex Mellor, Adam Milner, Muizz Mustapha, Cain Robb, Daniel Smith, Alex Sutcliffe, Jordan Turner, Albert Vete, Elliot Wallis, Liam Watts


If you are not heading to the LEL Arena, then you can follow the game on Castleford Tigers’ social media pages.

Live updates will be provided on our Twitter page, take a sneak behind-the-scenes on our Instagram account, or see the Facebook page and full reaction across our website too on