Acorn 22 Hunslet Club Parkside 28
A close encounter, losing 28-22 at home to Champions elect Hunslet Club Parkside in their latest NCL Div 1 fixture.
For the second week in a row, York Acorn were just edged out in a close encounter, after losing 28-22 at home to Champions elect Hunslet Club Parkside in their latest NCL Div 1 fixture.
Acorn certainly had their moments and if not for poor composure close to the oppositions try line - then the result could have been different.
The damage was done in the opening stages when the visitors stung Acorn with a brace of unconverted tries and looked likely to embarass their hosts on their home patch by running up a healthy win.
But as the game panned out, Acorn battled back from a 16-0 half time defecit and later on a 28 - 6 defecit to only lose by a converted score.
Hunslet struck on 3 minutes when Acorn failed to deal successfully with an attacking high up and under and this allowed Parkside the position to pick up the dropped ball and quick hands saw their playmaker and m.o.t.m
Danny Rowse cut around the Acorn defence to score a try.
They soon stretched their lead to 8-0 on 7 mins, when an excellent short pass by Rowse sent powerhouse prop Jamie Fields crashing over for yet another unconverted try.
To their credit, Acorn gradually got to grips with their visitors and took an avid part in the arm wrestle.
But a combination of poor final pass execution / tactical decision making allied to solid line defending by Hunslet , frustrated Acorn.
Then a too familiar moment for Acorn , happened just before half time when a cut out pass sent Hunslet centre Dale Harris go in at the corner for a try which Rowse added the extras to - making it 0-14.
Rowse still had time to score even more points , when Acorn were penalised for ripping on the half way line and he punished Acorn by kicking a stunning 55 metre penalty goal to close out the half 16 pts to the good.
It was important that Acorn responded positively at the start of the second half and this they did, when on 48mins full back Joe Budd sent long term injury victim - substitute centre Jordan Potter in for a try on his competitive comeback.
Stand off Anthony Chilton completed the 6 pointer with a conversion.
Unfortunately Hunslet responded in kind on 54 mins, when loose forward Craig Miles burrowed over from close range.
Fields added the conversion to put his side 22- 6 in front.
Acorn didnt let their heads drop and they grabbed the initiative once again and on 2 occassions they looked odds on to score , only to be thwarted by firstly a forward pass after winger Matty Downs crossed in the corner, and secondly when an excellent break by second rower Brandon Harris was thwarted by a miss pass that hit the floor inches short of the try line.
As is the norm , if you dont take your chances then its likely that you will fall to a sucker punch as was the case when on 68 mins a midfield break on the half way line by Fields was eventually finished by their supporting substitute Ryan Guant who crossed under the posts for a try which Fields added the extras to- giving the hosts a comfortable looking 28 - 6 lead with just 12 mins to go.
Well batten down your hatches as Acorn lit the light blue touch paper with an emphatic final 10 mins that nearly brought them an unlikely win.
The fightback began when their outstanding 80 minute prop forward Tim Stubbs desrvedly got on the score sheet when he crashed over for a 71st minute try wich Chilton converted to put Acorn 12 - 28 down.
On 75 minutes, Acorns irrepressable hooker James Mountford forced his way over from close range and with Chilton adding the extras,Acorn had reduced the deficit to 18- 28.
Could they? No surely not.
Well maybe , especially as on 78 minutes they managed to pass the ball.out wide to winger Downes who nipped in the corner for an unconverted try that put the Blue & Golds just 22- 28 behind.
Acorn may have had the momentum,but unfortunately the clock wasnt on their side and despite mounting one last ditch effort, no more points were forthcoming.
Too many forced passes in the oppositions 40 and silly penaltys especially around the play the ball hurt Acorn badly.
Impressive for Acorn were Stubbs, Mountford, Rushworth and Bulmer in the forward exchanges whilst the tackling of scrum half Tim Elliott and center Ryan Gallacher along with the impressive return to action of fit again center Jordan Potter kept Acorns backs in the contest.