Yorkshire Men's League Division One: Keighley Albion 42 Mirfield Stags 34

MIRFIELD Stags, beaten three weeks previously in a feisty affair, were seeking revenge in the return fixture, which was played in temperatures of above 30 degrees.

The Stags, who had first use of the slope, used their size advantage to go ahead after eight minutes in a brutal early examination of the hosts' defence.

However, they levelled at 6-6 when a superb interception by Jack Atkinson led to him running 60 metres upfield to score, with Fin Meegan adding the extras.

This piece of opportunism seemed to kick Albion into gear, and Alfie Seeley crossed after some great footwork and a dummy, with Meegan's kick making it 12-6 after 20 minutes.

A compulsory water break was then taken but it didn't affect Albion's concentration, prop forward Danny Snowden being awarded a try, despite seeming to knock on.

Meegan's kick made it 18-6, and he then improved his own try after some strung running down the middle.

Gavin Duffy, back in an Albion shirt, then showed their supporters what they had been missing with a great individual try, Meegan's extra two making it 30-6.

Albion then took their foot off the gas, which proved a sizeable error as Mirfield ran in three tries to reach the hour mark's water break only trailing 30-24, with Albion seemingly dead on their feet.

Another Stags try followed immediately to make it 30-28 but a dressing down from the coaching staff and some choice words from the experienced players had the desired effect on Albion and, in a rare chance, Kieron Blakeley scored in the corner for Meegan to land the kick of the day and make it 36-28.

Morgan Robinson, switched to the pack for the last ten minutes, then powered his way over between the posts for Meegan to improve.

Mirfield did get the last try, which was also improved, but Robinson's effort had killed them off.