A WEEK of rest did stuttering Keighley the world of good, as they breezed to an emphatic 71-12 home win over Dinnington on Saturday, playing with real pace and tempo.

The hosts ran in 11 tries in a thumping Counties One Yorkshire victory over their brave, understrength visitors, with the result rarely in doubt from the off.

It keeps them in second, 10 points behind leaders Goole, who they visit for a must-win game this weekend.

Keighley, using both forwards and backs, blitzed the Dinnington defence in the opening few minutes on Saturday, though a fumble near the try line gave the visitors the chance to kick the ball up field to ease the pressure.

Unfortunately for them, the ball found full-back Alan Ebbrell at full tilt, the ball was recycled, there were some swift hands and the move culminated in a try for winger Sam Blakeley.

Dinnington worked their way back into the game through strong runs from wing forward Todd Bonsall and number eight Tony Green, but their efforts were contained by strong defensive work.

There followed a series of blistering Keighley attacks, managed superbly by outside-half Alex Brown, leading to tries for winger Jak Adams and centre Sean Kelly.

Brown added one of the conversions to help the hosts extend their lead further.

To their credit, Dinnington once again forced their way back into Keighley territory, and from a lineout, the outstanding Green broke off from a ruck to score.

Keighley then clicked into top gear and some clever interplay in the centre gave wing forward Olly Snowden the chance to finish off a move with a try, which was converted by Brown.

The home side began the second half at maximum pace.

Strong drives and a great breakthrough from centre Adam Horsfall gave supporting wing forward Snowden the chance to beat the last defender to score under the posts, which was added to by Brown.

There followed a period of total Keighley dominance, as they moved the ball so well that the visiting defence was overwhelmed.

It led to three further tries from Ross Lacey, Tom Whyte and Snowden, the latter completing his hat-trick in the process.

Alex Brown added all three conversions as the visitors struggled to stem the flow of home points.

Dinnington, under severe pressure, battled hard though and from a tap penalty, they were rewarded with a further try for Green, converted by outside-half Danny Wilkinson.

Although the away side grafted hard, the constant high tempo of the Keighley game took its toll on a tired defence.

The hosts added three further tries late on, from second row Max Wild, mobile prop Luke Curry and strong-running winger Adams, Brown landing two of the conversions.

It was a well-deserved victory for the home side, who had played some of their best rugby of the season thus far, which bodes well ahead of that titanic trip to Goole.