Methley Royals ARLFC

Methley Royals ARLFC

Cup dream dies early

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Keighley too strong

Methley Royals tumbled out of the Hamuel Reichenbacher BARLA Yorkshire Cup today.

Keighley, of the Pennine League’s Championship Division, were too strong, too fast and too smart for a Methley side that nevertheless emerged with pride intact from a 52-12 defeat.

The Royals were 18 points down after 20 minutes after having conceded three tries – two of them breakaway efforts – before opening their account with a solo try by substitute second row Matty Jackson, who had a massive game.

Centre Sam Payne added the extras but the Royals were unable to build on that score, and found themselves 30-6 adrift at the break.

Keighley went on to establish a 52-6 lead as the Royals lost James Rawson (concussion), Danny Pickering (ankle), Lee Starbuck (shin) and Luke Pickering (knee) with mercurial stand-off Matty Handforth copping a yellow card towards the close.

But Methley at least had the last word, the ball being swung wide for winger Kieran Gledhill to cross, Payne again improving.

The Royals, however, could have no complaints against a classy side for whom Shaun Metcalfe grabbed a hat-trick and Callum Hudson claimed a try and eight goals.

Chris Ellison bagged a brace and there were touchdowns for Alex Young, Jack Copperwaite and Andrew Stokes.

Keighley will now host Whitkirk Bulldogs in the next round.

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