Dominant Keighley are out of relegation places

Dominant Keighley are out of relegation places

Three Old Crossleyans defenders cannot stop flanker Scott Dyson from crashing over for Keighley. Picture: Charlie Perry

Sam Walker bags one of his two tries in the derby victory over Old Crossleyans. Picture: Charlie Perry

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Keighley 49, Old Crossleyans 12

Keighley lifted themselves out of the SSE North One East relegation places after dominating the exchanges in a one-sided match against derby rivals Old Crossleyans.

The game started brightly, with both teams testing each other out and, after a period of sustained forward pressure, home wing-forward Scott Dyson crashed over, Alex Brown converting.

Keighley, playing with confidence, forced a scrum on the Crocs five-metre line and No 8 Leigh Sugden picked up the ball and forced his way over, Brown again converting.

Towards the end of the half, Dyson finished off an attack with another try, Brown once again adding the extras.

The second half was a continuation of the first, with the Keighley forwards gaining a stream of quick possession, and eventually the continual pressure told with tries for winger Sam Walker and full back Harry Titley, Brown converting both.

Crocs were stung into action and raised their game with No 8 Ryan Hammond and scrum half Chris Vine in fine combative form.

They put together some excellent passages of play which resulted in two well-taken tries from wingers Gareth Sweeney and Billy Hammond, one of which was converted by Sweeney.

After this temporary setback, Keighley responded with a well-deserved try for lively scrum half Liam McGee and a second for Walker, Brown finished a good personal, and team performance with two well- struck conversions.

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