Lock Lane u12s 18

Keighley Albion u12s 12

EVEN though the hosts were first over the try-line taking an early 4-0 advantage, it was Albion who impressed the most throughout the first half.

Joe Salter stood out at hooker with some good runs from dummy half and Albion were given useful field position throughout due to numerous penalties following high tackles.

Hamza Butt eventually scored Albion’s first try as his change of direction to the blind side opened up space out wide for him to reach over. He successfully converted his own try from out on the touch line.

Albion’s next try came from a Lock Lane high kick which was well-taken by Ben Horsfield.

Strong carries by Thomas Procter and Zack Ackroyd had the hosts back peddling which allowed Freddie Brown to find a gap down the right edge as he finished off impressively behind the posts.

Butt kicked Albion into a 12-4 lead with half-time approaching. Incredible goal-line defence from Albion kept Lock Lane out up to half-time.

Lock Lane continued to tread a fine line in the second-half and were allowed to stifle Albion of possession. Tries from the hosts were inevitable as they crashed over twice in quick succession. Both were converted giving a scoreline of 16-12.

A penalty against Albion allowed Lock Lane to extend their lead to 18-12.

Jack Tankoua, in particular, had a great game in both attack and defence and Albion to their credit continued to play some good rugby as they searched for the levelling try.

However, having been on the wrong end of some dubious decisions it wasn’t forthcoming as the game ended 18-12.

Top Tackler: Jack Tankoua; Parents' Award: Jack Tankoua; Opponents' Award: Hamza Butt; Man of Steel: Hamza Butt.