Keighley Albion Ladies 46

Cutsyke 30

WITH another large crowd to cheer them on, Keighley Albion Ladies, true to form, did not disappoint in this League One clash.

Saima Hussain opened up the scoring after breaking through the Cutsyke defensive line and diving over the whitewash. Amy Illingworth stepping in and adding the extras.

A few moments later Emma Templeton stormed over for Keighley, again with Illingworth adding the kick.

Keighley took their foot off the pedal and began to relax when the more experienced Cutsyke team monopolised and opened the scoring for his side.

A mistake from Cutsyke saw a Keighley scrum where the ball was scooped up by Laura Ackroyd. She found Templeton for her second fantastic try with Illingworth again with a kick.

Sarah Shillito, on top form in the centre of the park, battled through the pack to dive over the line again, as Illingworth converted.

Cutsyke utilised their interchanges well and scored two tries consecutively with one conversion. The half-time score was 24-14 to Albion.

There were some tireless defensive tackles coming from Albion's Sarah Cartwright and the ever-improving Nicole Hannah during the first period.

The second half opened with the sun beaming down and saw new Albion player Danielle Taylor dance over the Cutsyke line. Hussain was next with her second try.

Cutsyke stepped up a gear and put pressure on the Keighley side, who were now uphill. A try from the Cutsyke ladies brought the scoreboard closer and closer.

Hussain again with a great individual try with extras added by Illingworth.

Cutsyke, trailing again, dug deep and sent two players over the Keighley line.

Saima Hussain, on top form with her fourth try of the tough game, saw the home side win 46-30.

The Albion ladies now have a well-deserved week off and then have the Coral Women's Challenge Cup second cup round against Halifax on Sunday, May 26 at Crossflatts (2pm kick-off).

Albion player of the match went to Laura Ackroyd for controlling the plays in the middle of the park.