Dewsbury Rams left clinging on as Cougars come storming back

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DEWSBURY RAMS held off what would have been an amazingKeighley fightback to edge further clear of their opponents in the battle for the Kingstone Press Championship play-off places.

Rams got off to a flying start, as Jonathan Schofield’s kick across was collected in one hand by former Bradford Bulls back Karl Pryce, who effortlessly touched down in the corner.

And Pryce was in again just moments later along with centre Brad Watkinson, as dual registered Wakefield man Bobbie Goulding converted both.

That was the wakeup call the home side needed and, just three minutes later, they cut the deficit as Joe Chandler crossed. Scott Leatherbarrow goaling.

However, that was as good as it got for Keighley in the opening 40, as James Craven went in at the corner for his first.

A prolonged period of defending their own line then led to another Rams try.

Schofield’s pass putting Craven in for his second. Goulding adding the two.

Tommy Gallagher then went over on the hooter, with Goulding adding the extras once more to give the visitors a 32-6 lead at half-time.

But the home side chose not to give in, scoring three tries from James Haley (2) and Scott Law within the first 15 minutes of the second half, with Leatherbarrow adding another four points with the boot.

The game levelled out up until the final few minutes, with Cougars going in for their fourth try on the bounce.

Former Hunslet Hawks prop Andy Shickell powered his way to the line and Leatherbarrow quickly added the extras to make it 32-28. But Dewsbury just managed to hold out for the win by the skin of their teeth.

Keighley Cougars: Moss; Williams, Cosgrove, Haley, White; Jones, Leatherbarrow; Shickell, Feather, Hesketh, Pursglove, Chandler, Rawlins. Subs: March, Law, Sagar, Bailey.

Dewsbury Rams: Morton; Craven, Pryce, Watkinson, Scott; Schofield, Goulding; Nash, Bentley, Hepworth, Walshaw, Hale, Tonks. Subs: Spicer, Gallagher, O’Brien, Aizue.

Referee: Gareth Hewer (W’Haven).

Attendance: 937.

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