Brotherton Bulldogs u-13s 42 Keighley Albion u-13s 0

ALBION travelled to the unbeaten league leaders depleted in numbers but showed a real spirit and desire despite being outclassed by their well-organised hosts.

Starting the game with only 12 men, Keighley showed their willingness to tackle but when stretched were not sliding over when Brotherton shifted the ball wide and back on the inside.

Finding themselves three tries down in ten minutes, Albion managed to get some possession and their strike runners looked threatening.

Stand-off Ben McParland took the ball to the line and popped an excellent pass through to Matt Tindale, who broke clear but was closed down just short.

On a hot day, Albion tired and, with the hosts able to make changes, they added two more tries before the break.

But Keighley refused to lie down and got stuck into their hosts with McParland and captain Archie Medway leading the way.

That saw a number of their opponents taken off after some big impacts but the lack of players hurt the visitors and Brotherton posted three more scores.

Medway did make a superb break close to the line and had the ball ready to pop up for what would have been a simple try but no support was forthcoming.

The efforts of the 12 players cannot be knocked with McParland and Tindale highlighted as the star performers, although the classy hosts gave a nod to the entire Albion team.