KEIGHLEY Albion Ladies extended their lead at the top of League One after a commanding victory on their travels.

The local derby began with a break in the rain as the Albion faced their competitors Halifax.

With a depleted side due to injuries and vacations, Keighley managed to field 14 players.

Keighley understood it was going to be a fight against the strong 18-player team of Halifax.

New Albion signing Jess Malik, from Stanningley, opened up the scoring with a well-timed pass from captain Jodee Loader.

Beside rating was Albion’s tough working Nicole Hannah. Halifax returned the favour and scored two times to bring the ratings level at 10-10.

Emma Templeton was next on the scoresheet with a fantastic single effort try.

Sarah Shillito grabbed a chance to likewise score, leaving the half time rating 18-10 to Halifax.

The second half was as tough for the Keighley side particularly with the majority of decisions being awarded to the Halifax team.

Keighley dug deep and were figured out to get the win. Group spirit was high and, with sister duo Racheal and Nikola blazing a trail, the Keighley side made some ground.

Steadfast tackling from Sarah Cartwright kept the advancing Halifax out of the whitewash.

Another try originated from Templeton and one also from Ackroyd followed by another 2 from captain Loader who got her hat-trick for the second week running. This pulled the Keighley side even more away to protect the well-earned win.

Halifax handled to squeeze in another, however this didn’t moisten the spirit of the Keighley win. Templeton adding 4 kicks.

Becky Brown worked well in the middle in her 2nd gone out for Keighley. There was likewise a good performance from ever-improving Hollie Feather.

It was a fantastic group effort shown from all the Albion gamers, particularly player of the match winner Nicole Hannah who scored and also did a minimum of three try-saving single deals with.

Keighley are leading of the table with 6 video games and six wins and wish to remain leading in order to gain promo next season. Albion likewise have 2 video games in hand on second-placed Cutsyke and three games in hand on third-placed Halifax, who both have 10 points.

Albion face another difficult League One video game on Sunday at Cutsyke.

League One outcomes (Sunday, August 11): Halifax 14 Keighley Albion 40; Hull KR 50 West Leeds Eagles Ladies 16; Wigan St Patricks18 Cutsyke 10.

League One components (Sunday, August 18): Cutsyke v Keighley Albion, Rochdale Hornets v Hull KR, Whitley Bay Barbarians v Halifax (all 2pm), Wigan St Patricks v West Leeds Eagles Ladies (2.30 pm).