KEIGHLEY'S new head coach Dave Duxbury has admitted that he didn't see their second-half points spree coming in their 46-3 victory over Bradford Salem.

They led their derby rivals 13-3 on their Rose Cottage second-team pitch last Saturday only to run in 33 straight points in the second half.

"I was expecting it to be a tight affair with nothing much in it," confessed Duxbury.

"But the yellow cards didn't help Salem and we capitalised each time."

The hosts scored seven points while Andy Robinson was off the field early in the match (retaliation after an alleged bite) and eight while fellow centre Harry Hall was in the cooler either side of half-time.

Duxbury added: "All of our back row (Dan Snowden, Lucas Uren and Rob Baldwin) played well and we managed the referee better."

Hooker Shaun Minikin and fly half Alex Brown, who was seven from eight with his kicks at goal, will have their shoulder injuries monitored before another derby on Saturday at Old Brodleians.

Brods are third, having won three from three, while Keighley are up to fifth with their two wins from three.

As for the club's new artificial grass pitch, half of it has now been laid (the segment nearer the by-pass).

Salem head coach, former Bees player Neil Spence, said: "We gave two interception tries away in the second half when we were trying to force things, which gave the score a one-sided look, but I still believe in this group of players and we will get better."