Day to forget for subdued Crocs

Keighley 49 Old Crossleyans 12

Old Crossleyans were no match for a Keighley side who are scrapping for points in an effort to pull away from the North One East relegation zone.

Crocs just failed to turn up against their near neighbours, although their cause was not helped by the absence of some regular forwards.

Keighley, on the other hand, had players returning and were clearly up for the contest as they scored seven tries to the visitors two.

It took 20 minutes for Keighley to open their account when a five metre scrum was taken up and flanker Dyson was bundled over, fly half Brown converting.

Good runs by Kev McGill and Tony Oxley, supported by winger Billy Hammond, offered promise but Crocs were unable to capitalise and failed to produce any real cohesion to their game.

The hosts doubled their advantage when No8 Sugden walked over unopposed from another five metre scrum with Brown again supplying the extras.

Neil Richardson charged up the right, supported by Gareth Ott and Oxley, where the visitors won a penalty in front of the posts. However, in a moment symptomatic of their afternoon, Crocs opted for the scrum and promptly lost it against the head.

Keighley returned upfield where Andy Day stopped a break but he lacked support and Dyson went over for his second try under the posts leaving Brown to kick the hosts into a 21-0 lead.

Crocs hoped to regroup but within minutes, Walker went over in the corner, Brown converting, to stretch Keighley’s lead to 28-0 at the break.

The visitors were up against it and after Jack Hammond had been bundled into touch and Billy Hammond dropped the ball, Keighley returned up the field with a towering kick from halfway which bounced kindly for full back Titley to gather and score, Brown converting for 35-0.

Crocs looked to get on the scoresheet and from a penalty, quick thinking scrum half Chris Vine tapped and charged into the home 22.

The ball was recycled to Ryan Hammond but the defence held him out.

It was only a brief respite for Keighley though as Jack Hammond and Neil Richardson gave Gareth Sweeney space out wide and he crossed in the corner for a try which he also converted.

Keighley’s restart was well fielded by Ramon Sembi and again Jack and Billy Hammond took play upfield but the move foundered when Ryan Hammond’s attempted inside flipped pass went to ground.

Vine was then fouled attempting a tap and go with the Keighley player yellow-carded. That led to Crocs’s second score when Jack Hammond tapped and charged to win a scrum.

Ryan Hammond took play into the 22 and a long pass found Billy Hammond who went over for 35-12.

The Keighley defence stood up to any pressure while the home forwards made Crocs work hard in their own half before scrum half McGee went over for Brown to goal and stretch the advantage to 42-12.

The restart was gathered by the Keighley pack and a break up the right brought Walker his second try, Brown converting, to complete a miserable day for Crocs.