TWO tries each from Claire Cartwright and Laura Ackroyd gave the Cats a vital 28-18 victory over York.

The resurgent York team were unrecognisable from the one that suffered a 78-point drubbing at Cougar Park earlier in the season.

Despite taking an early lead the Cats found themselves behind as the heavier York pack found the 'paddy field' pitch more to their liking. Indeed for long period the Cats found themselves literally stuck in their own 20m area, relying on the ever reliable boot of Ackroyd to kick them out of trouble.

Injuries to Cartwright and Lancaster looked to have swung the game further in York's favour, however it only seemed to spur on a Keighley side led superbly by player of the match Tracey Lynch, whose try mid-way through the second half brought the sides level. Good work from backs Bibby, Liddon and Whiteoak, who all had probably their best games of the season, laid the foundation for Lynch's try.

Credit must also go to sub Lisa Fisher who was thrown in at the deep end for her first game and produced a performance that showed much promise for the future.

Further tries from Ackroyd and centre Leanne Ludlam gave Keighley the advantage and a pulsating final ten minutes saw the Cats defend heroically to hold on against a York onslaught with forwards Walsh, Abson and Barker in the thick of the action.

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