Keighley Cougars claimed their third win in their last four games after a 34-14 win over London Skolars at the New River Stadium.
The Cougars took the lead after just six minutes. Kyle Kesik kicked a 20/40 to get the Cougars up the pitch, and from the resulting field position, Aaron Levy managed to get over. Jack Miller’s conversion attempt hit the post, meaning their lead stood at four points.
Just four minutes later, London were able to hit back. This try was also off the back of a kick, this time a 40/20, and Jerome Yates managed to get over in the corner after a good move. Neil Thorman kicked the conversion put the Skolars into a two-point lead.
Thorman kicked the Skolars into a four-point lead four minutes later, after Keighley were caught offside.
Just before the 20-minute mark, Thorman was again on target after the Cougars were caught offside again. This put the Skolars into a six-point lead.
London were then dealt a blow just before the half-hour. Jacob Ogden was sent to the sin bin after a late hit on Kesik after a kick.
Just a minute later, Keighley were able to strike. Matt Bailey reacted quickest to a kick towards the in-goal to score. Miller converted to level the match.
Keighley took the lead for the second time just before the break. Kesik’s chip found Jack Arnold, who then went over for the try. Miller converted to give the Cougars a six-point lead.
There was time for one more Cougars try before the hooter. Kesik’s kick over the top again caused problems, and this time it was Taylor Prell who touched down. Miller scored the conversion to make it 22-10 at the break.
The Cougars started the second half in the same vain they ended the first. Ryan Wright managed to barge over from short range. Miller added the conversion to extend Keighley’s lead to 18 points.
After surviving a bit of pressure from the Skolars, Keighley got another try just past the hour mark. They ran it on the last, and Dan Parker was able to put Prell over for his second try. Miller added the conversion once more.
The last scoring act would come from the home side, Paulos Latu managed to power his way over the line. Thorman was off-target with the conversion attempt.
However, that was not the final act of the match. Mike Greenhalgh reacted to a high tackle and found himself in the sin bin.
That result takes Keighley above Rochdale Hornets into fifth in the League One table, with the Hornets welcoming Hunslet tomorrow. Keighley are back in action next week, as they travel to West Wales Raiders.
As for the Skolars, they travel to second-placed Barrow Raiders on Sunday.
London Skolars: Jonah Varela, Jerome Yates, Aaron Small, Paulos Latu, Abevia McDonald, Iliess Macani, Neil Thorman, Judd Greenhalgh, Louis Singleton, Jordan Williams, Jacob Ogden, Chris Ball, Adam Vrahnos.
Subs: Tom Firth, Mike Greenhalgh, Matthew Ross, Christian Gale.
Head Coach: Jermaine Coleman
Keighley Cougars: Phoenix Laulu-Togagae, Robert Matamosi, Taylor Prell, Charlie Graham, Josh Slingsby, Kyle Kesik, Jack Miller, Jack Coventry, James Feather, Brenden Santi, Aaron Levy, Dan Parker, Billy Gaylor.
Subs: Quentin Laulu-Togagae, Ryan Wright, Matthew Bailey, Jack Arnold.
Head Coach: Rhys Lovegrove