LEADERS Emley Moor made it three First Division wins out of three with a 34-20 home triumph over Keighley Town.
A strong start put the home side on the road to victory, with three quick tries giving them a 14-0 lead.
Daniel Bedford was the first to strike and then Jake Lockwood and Ben Adamski followed up with further tries – and one Karl Adamski conversion – to make Moor’s intentions clear.
Town did strike back to briefly cut the deficit with an unconverted try, but Emley were soon back on track with a 60m interception try from Jamie Parmentor and an Adamski goal.
To their credit, the visitors, refused to crumble under the pressure and by half-time had narrowed the gap to 20-16.
But two quick tries at the start of the second half ended any hopes of a Keighley match-winning fightback as Jason Southwell and Mick Hanmer both crossed the whitewash.
Again, Town hit back with a try of their own, but a late Karl Adamski try and Glen Holdsworth goal finally sealed the outcome.
Although Moor’s attack caught the eye, with seven tries scored by seven different players, they also produced an outstanding defensive effort, with Dave Pawson and Holdsworth leading by example.
The victory will put Moor in excellent heart ahead of their next League encounter on Saturday week – there are no Pennine fixtures this weekend because of the Super League Grand Final – against Elland, who warmed up for the contest with a 44-4 home win over Moldgreen.
Meanwhile, a very young Emley Moor A team came up against a much bigger and more experienced King Cross side and suffered a 56-32 Division VII defeat.
Many positives were drawn from the game, especially Jack Dyson’s man-of-the-match performance with a try and four goals.
Further tries were added by Taff Barron, Adam McSkimming, Robbie Hepworth, George Lindop and Will Senior.