Keighley Albion u14s 26

East Leeds u14s 6

KEIGHLEY Albion Under-14s pushed East Leeds down into Division Three with a comprehensive victory which had its roots in the application from kick off of all the players.

Light of a several players, Albion could only call upon 14 players. However, straight from the off, tore into the visitors and it wasn’t long after some good wide passing for Laurie Akroyd to break through out wide to score.

Akroyd was at it again, this time escaping a number of tacklers on halfway before cantering around the cover defence to double his and Albion’s tally.

After weathering some East Leeds pressure, some more intricate backline play gave Akroyd space to throw a dummy and his abrasive running, took him under the sticks, completing his hat-trick with Harrison Clamp converting the extras.

Heading into the second stanza, Albion started in the same vein but, after losing the ball close to the visitors line, some slack defence allowed the visitors' rapid Dylan Foy to outstrip the cover down the touchline before scoring under the posts.

This try sparked the visitors but Albion repelled their attacks before launching a raid of their own when Ben McParland and Riley Corby combined to give Matt Tindale the space to race down the touchline. Then, with a fierce hand-off, he sprinted under the posts, Clamp again adding the conversion.

This spurred Albion on to make control and despite the visitors having a try ruled out for a knock-on, Reece Smollen and McParland linked beautifully to release Chris Sunderland, who weaved his way to the line for his ever try just before half-time, again Clamp converting to confirm the hosts victory.

Albion go into the last three fixtures with a real opportunity to finish as high as third in the league, which would be a remarkable turnaround when relegation seemed a real possibility early in the season.