King Cross Park A 30 Keighley Albion A 25

A SCORE off the final play of the match saw King Cross win the inaugural Biddy Baxter Cup.

The annual event was set up by family and friends of Gary 'Biddy' Baxter after he sadly passed away late last year.

He was heavily involved in both clubs and the first encounter proved a fitting tribute to him.

The teams featured a mixture of young and old players, some of whom played alongside Biddy at Albion, captained by his good friend veteran Danny Bowness.

The game started badly for Albion as King Cross raced into a 24-0 lead at half-time with some great leadership by captain Kieran Baxter, who is Gary's son.

Keighley pulled their socks up in the second half and saw an early try from Chris Spencer followed by a great conversion from Ben Underwood.

Albion began playing with skill and hard work, leading to three more tries from Gary Boocock, Danny Bowness and Liam Kelly, with Andy Bowness and Cal Hudson adding conversions to level the score at 24-24 with four minutes to play.

Hard work from forwards Scott Bellamy, Chris Atkins and Rick Hollings saw Keighley 20 metres from the King Cross line. Danny Bowness stepped up and kicked a fantastic drop goal to put Albion ahead for the first time.

But Keighley made a silly mistake and gave a penalty away which resulted in King Cross scoring from the last play of the game.

A fantastic match in front of a large crowd finished with Biddy’s son Kieran being presented with the cup and also the man of steel trophy.

The game will be played next year at Albion’s ground.