EMLEY MOOR can look forward to another season in Division I.
Coach Pete Southwell’s side shook off the disappointment of Easter Monday’s Holliday Cup final defeat at the hands of Slaithwaite Saracens to win 40-10 at Keighley Town.
And that was the victory Moor needed to guarantee their First Division status next season with a couple of games to spare.
But their preparation for such an important contest was far from ideal.
The physical nature of Emley’s clash against the Saracens took its toll, with several key members of the side unable to make the trip because of injury.
As a result, three players made their senior debuts in Nathan Kay, Karl Smith and Jamie Evans.
However, they all rose to the occasion to produce valuable contributions as Moor took the game by storm.
Much of the damage was done during a blistering opening half-hour, with Emley building up a 24-0 advantage to calm any potential nerves.
Dave Pawson, Simon Adamski, Daniel Bedford and Kris Shepherd all crossed for tries and the ever-reliable John Roebuck landed all four conversions to put the visitors in complete control.
There was a brief scare just before the break as Keighley scored two tries and a conversion to reduced the gap to 14 points.
But normal service was resumed at the start of the second half as Dan Pawson and Roebuck added converted tries five and six before forward James Uttley rounded off the scoring with the try of the game, breaking from inside his own half and then fending off several would-be tacklers on a thrilling run to the line.
Lindley Swifts are facing a major fixture backlog.
As well as having four League fixtures to play in the next two weeks as they look to secure the Division III title, they are also preparing for the Huddersfield ARLA Supplementary Cup final and Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy final.
Swifts had hoped to have had three League games to play at this stage, but last Saturday’s home fixture against Littleborough had to be postponed.
That was because their visitors were unable to make the trip from Lancashire because of the M62 being blocked after a man committed suicide by jumping off Scammonden bridge.