Keighley maintained their 100 per cent winning record in League 1 this season against a strong North Wales Crusaders side at Cougar Park.

They recovered from an early setback to reach the break on level terms, before keeping the visitors scoreless in the second half to record an impressive 22-6 victory.

It was a tight start to the game with both sides trading sets, but it was Crusaders who scored first.

That opening try of the game came through Chris Barrett, with Owain Abel converting to make it 6-0 to North Wales.

Cougars head coach Matt Foster made some changes midway through the first half and it worked a treat.

Hooker Alex Bishop, just moments after joining the action, found a gap in the visiting line to score, and with Jack Miller adding the extras, the score was level at 6-6.

A tense period followed for the rest of the half and Keighley went into the interval level, with the game still anybody’s to win.

But the second half started in barnstorming fashion for the hosts, as they moved into the lead for the first time after 44 minutes.

The Cougars pushed the ball around nicely and on the final tackle, Miller kicked to the corner, finding Billy Walkley, who slid over to score.

Keighley News: Billy Walkley scampers on to the ball from Jack Miller's kick to put Cougars in front just after the break.Billy Walkley scampers on to the ball from Jack Miller's kick to put Cougars in front just after the break. (Image: JT Sports Media.)

Miller converted that effort superbly from the touching and Keighley kept up with the pressure.

They scored again on 48 minutes, as Walkley made it a brace for himself and give the Cougars a 10-point cushion in the match.

Miller missed the kick, meaning North Wales were still in the game at 16-6 behind.

But the Cougars’ dominance continued, as the side kept pushing forward, and Lewis Hatton crashed over just past the hour mark, with Miller converting to make the score 22-6 in the hosts’ fabour.

The Cougars then withstood some late North Wales pressure and finished the match with a crucial two League 1 points in the bag.

Keighley, who sit second in the table behind title favourites Oldham on points difference, will now travel to rock-bottom Newcastle Thunder this coming Sunday as they look to continue their winning run.