Cutsyke Raiders U14s 40 Keighley Albion U14s 0

KEIGHLEY Albion U14s were expecting a tough match against league leaders Cutsyke Raiders and with injuries and lack of personnel adding to their problems, they suffered a heavy defeat.

Individual missed tackles let the hosts build a lead which they never looked like surrendering.

Not completing sets meant Albion had to defend early pressure, and after manfully defending several back-to-back plays, they finally succumbed to a try.

After building an attack, Albion were intercepted and but for the amazing speed of Billy Lee, who tracked back to stop an almost certain try, they would have found themselves further behind.

However, Albion were exposed down their left side on two further occasions before half-time. They finally got some possession though, and after conceding another try, were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions.

Firstly, Lee span out of a tackle to score, but the referee had blown previously after a high tackle. Then, Laurie Akroyd thought he had scored when he planted the ball on the line, but the referee deemed it to be short.

Down to 12 due to injuries, Albion let in a couple of long range efforts from the hosts' elusive scrum half, which pushed the score out further.

Despite the setback, there were a number of positives, with the pack in particular carrying hard and tackling in numbers. With players returning, Albion will feel reasonably confident when they travel to East Leeds next week.