Scarborough ease to Keighley victory

Isaac Faamau on the charge against Keighley, flanked by veteran Graeme Jeffrey. Pictures by Andy Standing.
Isaac Faamau on the charge against Keighley, flanked by veteran Graeme Jeffrey. Pictures by Andy Standing.
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Scarborough raced to a 14-0 lead in the early stages of a close-fought Yorkshire One clash at Silver Royd, skipper Matty Jones and fly-half Tom Harrison grabbing a try apiece in the opening 15 minutes of the game, Harrison converting both.

Keighley got themselves back into the game in an evenly-contested second quarter and reduced the arrears to seven points with a close-range try by Hooker Shaun Minikin, converted by off-half Alex Brown on the half-hour and trailed 14-7 at the break.

The visitors took control after the break but a combination of good home defence and an outbreak of white-line fever saw them fail to capitalise on their territorial and physical possession.

Scarborough stretched their lead to 19-7 on the hour on a rare incursion into Keighley territory when prop Nino Cutino powered over from a catch and drive.

In an exciting last 10 minutes Harrison stretched the lead to 22-7 with a penalty before a try from number eight Lee Sugden gave Keighley hope.

However a late flourish from Scarborough saw slick work down their left flank release centre Tom Ratcliffe to sell a cute dummy and glide over to seal a bonus point victory at 27-15.