After 2023 started brightly with a win against Halifax Vandals, since then a win has proved hard to come by for the ducks but the fixture against Keighley offered the hope of a return to winning ways.
All credit must go to the visitors who travelled across short on numbers but still came and made sure that those who wanted to play rugby still had the chance. The ducks flock was not full either today with a bare 15 starting the game.
The first half was a fairly even affair with both teams looking to take the ball forward. Keighley looked to use their powerful forwards around the ruck while Laund Hill looked to move the ball a bit wider and get the ball into the hands of the outside backs. The only score came from Danny ‘Trackies’ Burrows who found himself in space and charged over for the games opening score. The first half ended with an unfortunate injury to the Keighley 12 and we wish him a speedy recovery.
HT Score Mighty Ducks 7 – Keighley 0
As the second half started Laund Hill lost the experience of Mick Sykes as he was offered to the opposition to even up the numbers. Mick then proceeded to produce 40 minutes of his characteristic rugby making sure everyone knew he was on the field and giving the ducks 9, Elliot, a tough time.
Rugby wise the ducks started to take control in the second half with scoring opportunities being created. They did however develop something of a discipline problem and could have become the architects of their own downfall but thankfully managed to regain their composure and move towards the win.
The second try came from a strong dart from the young scrum half Elliot who had an excellent all round game which deservedly earned him the MOM award.
There were then tries from Nick Hey, Micky Folan and Tom Dalton, 3 players who we don’t see enough of but who are all very welcome additions to the ducks team. Tom Dalton in particular seemed to enjoy his day out with a number of strong carries.
With the final whistle approaching Ben Hawker snaffled a loose ball in his own 22 and went the length of the field for the final score of the game. Credit here goes to the Keighley winger, who with the game already lost tracked him all the way back and would have caught him given another 5 metres of pitch.
Final score – Mighty Ducks 42 (6 tries all converted by J Smith) – Keighley 7
Again, big thanks to Keighley for making sure that this game was played. The ducks move on to their final game of the season next week against Leos at home. Lets hope for another win.
Reporter: Jon Smith