Yorkshire Men's League Division One: Skirlaugh Bulls 20 Keighley Albion 10

ALBION produced their best display of the season but couldn't claim the victory which would have kept them in the top four play-off zone.

The match started well for Keighley with a completion of their first set of six and a great kick down field leading to a knock-on.

Albion’s set play from the scrum made room for full back Alfie Seeley to use his magic and score a great try.

With the cross-field wind sending the ball in all directions, it found touch from the restart and Skirlaugh capitalised on field position to take the lead 6-4.

Both teams were evenly matched and strong tackling from Dan Cook, Jack Kennedy and Mark Smith kept the big Bulls pack at bay until they extended their lead after 26 minutes.

Albion were not about to give in and stuck to their game plan. With some good ball work, they moved play out wide for Kieron Blakeley to touch down in the corner. Finley Meegan converted the kick to even the score at 10-10.

The second half was about the defence as both sides held each other. Albion picked up a few injuries which left them short on subs.

With ten minutes left Skirlaugh took the lead with a try and, with Albion tiring, it was hard to see them getting back into the game.

And right at the end, Skirlaugh finished the game off to end the match 20-10 winners.

Despite the defeat, the young Albion side could be proud of their performance, with very few penalties. Set completion was brilliant as was the all-round effort.