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Darlington fail to get elusive winger Luke Carter
Darlington 31 Keighley 36
Keighley had great difficulty subduing a heavyweight Darlington pack in what was a ten-try SSE North One East bonanza yesterday.
Visiting scrum half Danny Lester was the first to cross the line, Ben Blackwell converting, but Darlington's response was a predictable drive over from a line-out.
Keighley stretched their lead with a try from Leigh Sugden, Blackwell adding the conversion, but a lapse in concentration from Keighley let the Darlington forwards rumble over their line once again, outside half Mark Baldwin adding the conversion.
At the start of the second half, Darlington took the lead with a try from winger Mack Fell, converted by Baldwin.
Blackwell closed the gap with a well-struck penalty but Keighley, with outside half Danny McGee in fine form, used the width of the pitch to put winger Luke Carter in for two tries, one of which was converted by Blackwell.
Once again the Darlington forwards dominated a line-out and drove over, and a little later they regained the lead when their speedy Fijian centre crossed under the posts, converted by Baldwin.
With time slipping away, Keighley snatched the victory when winger Carter outstripped the cover defence to score his third try, the conversion from Blackwell finishing the game.