Acorn warm up for Challenge Cup clash

2 months ago By Acorn Admin

A powerful second half saw Acorn warm up for next week's Challenge Cup tie at Myton Warriors, on the back of a 34 - 10 home win over Skirlaugh.

A powerful second half showing saw York Acorn ,warm up for next week's away Challenge Cup tie at Myton Warriors, on the back of a 34 - 10 home friendly win over Humberside rivals Skirlaugh.
York Acorn, picked a 19 man squad for this clash, which included 9 changes from the previous weeks winning line up versus The RAF.
As in last weeks encounter, Acorn made heavy weather of the first half , due mainly to the fact that they forced the pass too often, coughed up too much possession which meant their completion rate was below par at 50%.
Once again they were heavily penalised in the penalty count, usually giving away penalties in clutches which allowed their hosts to get a firm foothold in this encounter from the onset.
Skirlaugh got on the scoreboard first, when on 11mins they attacked the Acorn left edge defence to create a numerical advantage before squeezing in at the corner for a converted score and a 0-6 lead.
Acorn had plenty of chances to get themselves on the scoreboard but twice they knocked on over the line and on another occasion Hayden Barber appeared to get the ball down for a try, but was adjudged to have been held up.
Acorn finally got the try their efforts deserved when on 35 mins Joe Budd put a rampaging Bulmer into the gap and he raced over from 10 yards out.
Stand off Anthony Chilton added the extras to tie the scores up at 6 all.
The visitors hit back just before halftime when they managed to get the ball out wide on the Acorn right and once again one of their wingers nipped in at the corner for an unconverted try to put the visitors 6-10 to the good at the half time break.
After the resumption , Acorn were a completely different proposition from the outfit seen in the first half thanks mainly to their improved completion rate and virtually non existent penalty against account.
On the pitch, Acorn were superbly led in the forward exchanges by the non stop efforts of prop forward Tim Stubbs, allied to the all round industry of loose forward Elliott Bulmer.
Whilst the agile footwork of Ryan Gallacher, Matthew Chilton along with the powerful running of Brandon Harris in their backs saw Acorn gain full ascendancy as the game developed.
On 45 mins Acorn edged in front, when a Tim Elliott pass saw Hayden Barber hit the hole on the angle perfectly to crash over for an Anthony Chilton converted try and a 12 - 10 lead.
Acorn moved further in front on 50 mins when scrum half Matthew Chilton received the ball 40 meters out and then proceeded to leave several would be tacklers bemused and flat footed as he jinked his way over to score anunconverted try that put the blue and golds 16 - 10 in front.
Their next score came on 56 mins, when a sweeping passing move along their attacking line saw the impressive Harris hit the hole on their right hand 70s edge to go in from 30 yards out and touch down at the side of the posts for another Anthony Chilton goaled try - which put the rampant home side 22 - 10 up.
Their next score came on 73 mins and proved to be the games magic moment in many ways.
It started with a clearing Skirlaugh kick up field from their own 20, which was brilliantly picked up off his boots by Dan Lazenby on the half way line ,who then instinctively slipped a pass to the supporting Ryan Gallacher - despite being hit by a Skirlaugh tackler.
Gallacher then weaved his way past an array of attempted Skirlaugh tacklers to brilliantly score a try down the Acorn right hand attacking channel that had the crowd clapping vigorously.
Anthony Chilton added the extras to give Acorn an unassailable 28 - 10 advantage.
Acorns final score came a few minutes later, when Anthony Chilton put Harry Bromwich into a huge hole on the halfway line and Bromwich raced 30 meters down the Acorn left channel before passing back inside to the supporting Gallacher who was on hand to race in for a try which Anthony Chilton added the conversion to - giving Acorn a convincing 34 - 10 win.

Updated 22:33 - 8 Feb 2017 by Acorn Admin

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