PROMOTION back to Yorkshire One is in the bag for Keighley RUFC, but they are gunning for the title now, which will be secured with a win at local rivals Baildon this Saturday.

Keighley are four points clear of second-placed Wetherby heading into the final day of Yorkshire Two this weekend, with Hullensians six points behind and unable to catch Dan McGee's side now.

Keighley head coach McGee said: "We're still not sure if two or three are guaranteed to go up, but it's definitely the top two at least, and we've secured a spot in that now.

"The title is what we want. We're happy with promotion and how the season has gone, but it would be disappointing not to go up as champions."

All of the top three have reached the 100-point mark, and McGee said: "We'd like to have won it (the title) a while back but it's a competitive league.

"Normally, with 100 points, you'd have run away with the title, but it's been good for the league.

"From our perspective, it's kept the competition going and the lads hungry, whereas they could have written the last few games off if not.

"It's been really good, if not for my nerves.

"The Wetherby defeat (on April 2) was a disappointment, but then Hullensians did us a favour by beating them a week later and putting the title back in our hands."

Keighley have not played since that defeat to Wetherby, with no games on Easter weekend and opponents Leeds Corinthians unable to raise a team the Saturday before that.

McGee mused: "We were disappointed Leeds didn't raise a team, as we'd watched videos on them and trained well for the game.

"It would have been an opportunity to put things right after Wetherby, but if you look at it from the other side, the break has allowed us to rest up and get hungry for Baildon.

"We'll look to have a really good week in training and be raring to go in a local derby."

Keighley haven't faced Baildon since edging them out 21-16 on the opening day in September, and McGee said: "Baildon came at us in the first game, and it was one of the toughest we've faced all season.

"They've got top players in their squad who used to play for Keighley, like Jake Duxbury and Jonty Glendenning, and they've won half of their games this season.

"It won't be easy at all on Saturday and they'll want to spoil our party."

But even if the title slips away, little will spoil the feelgood factor around Keighley currently.

McGee said: "It's been a long, long season, or it certainly feels like it, as we've been going since through the Covid lockdowns, when we could anyway.

"We've stuck together and now we get three teams out nearly every week, so it's been a really satisfying season for the whole club.

"Some clubs have struggled for numbers, and can only get one team out, whereas we've been consistent on that front.

"I've spoken to (director of rugby) Russ Gibson and the committee and they're happy with where we're at as a club."

Also in Yorkshire Two, Old Grovians will look to avoid finishing second-bottom with a win at home to mid-table Wheatley Hills.

In North One East, Cleckheaton are all set to go up, and the fourth-placed side could finish even higher with a win at struggling Durham City on the final day.

With no relegation this year, Bradford & Bingley are safe, but can they improve their minus eight points with a first win of the season at lowly Morley.

Bradford Salem can ensure they do not finish bottom of Yorkshire One with a win at fellow strugglers Roundhegians.

In Yorkshire Three, Wibsey are due to end their season at Hemsworth, who are down towards the bottom with them.

But with the Bradford side unable to raise a side since February, it seems unlikely that game will go ahead.