Acorn pay the penalty for cup exit.
Acorn literally paid the penalty for ill discipline, along with their hopes of a place in the Challenge Cup 3rd round
York Acorn literally paid the penalty for ill discipline, when their hopes of a place in the Challenge Cup 3rd round and a possible fixture against professional opposition was ended ,when going down 18-4 away at NCL Premier Division outfit Myton Warriors.
In miserable, wet & cold conditions played on a glue pot of a pitch, Acorn were hampered by a lopsided penalty count of 21 pens against and only 11 penalties for.
Allied to this, Acorn were beaten by hosts who adapted to the conditions marginally better and produced the one moment of attacking quality when their prolific try scoring machine stand off Nathan Slater , took an inside pass to race 40 yards on a weaving run for a crucial try as they built up an 18-4 first half lead.
Despite the defeat, Acorn can gleam several positives from this encounter, especially their goal line defence which tackled brilliantly for long periods.
Also Acorn had arguably the best player on the park, in the shape of prop forward Tim Stubbs
who gave an unbelievable 80 minute display of non stop action, regularly taking the ball up and doing more then his fair share of tackling in energy sapping conditions.
Other notable contributions for Acorn came from fellow prop forward Jack Byrne's, teenage substitute Brandon Harris
and hooker Nick Speck
who all put in solid stints.
Myton took the lead on 10 minutes, when despite looking as if Acorn had the threat covered out wide in the left hand corner, full back Ryan Marazza squeezed in at the corner for a try goaled by centre Ashley James.
Trailing 6-0, Acorn hit back on 16 minutes , when an Anthony Chilton bomb was palmed on by full back Ryan Gallacher
to the supporting winger Jack Stewart
who raced in at the corner for an unconverted score.
Then on 27 mins Slater produced his moment of magic and with Ashley James making it a 6 pointer , the hosts were now 12 - 4 to the good.
Myton stretched their lead to a healthy 18-4 advantage, when they capitalized on Acorns defence making an error and then compounding on it close to their line.
First, Acorn were guilty of players shooting out of their defensive line & missing tackles and then trying to defend their line on the back foot.
Whilst Acorn were backing off defensively ,Myton hooker Wes Newton went low and crashed in for a James converted try.
After the half time break, both sides showed plenty of endeavour but lacked the inventiveness in attack to break down two well organised and committed defences.
Myton enjoyed the bulk of possession, with most of their play coming through their forwards and Acorn had to defend manfally, with only a rare few excursions into the Myton half giving them some respite.
On 70 mins Acorn nearly got themselves back into the contest ,when teenage scrum half Matthew Chilton took the ball to the advantage line before setting up an opening for his forwards to exploit, but lack of cohesion saw the ball hit the deck and the chance go begging .