Hull Dockers 22 Acorn 20
Acorn lost 22-20 away at Hull Dockers in a game which to be fair Acorn, should've, could've & would've won
York Acorn suffered their third defeat in a row , when they lost 22-20 away at Hull Dockers in a game which to be fair Acorn, should've, could've & would've won if only they'd have played smart rugby in the final quarter.
Unfortunately they contrived to throw away a 20-12 lead by piggy backing their hosts up the pitch - not once but twice on the back of penalties, in a game which they had previously only given away a few penalties.
Hull Dockers managed to get their noses in front with tries in the 70th minute through substitute Kane Larvin & 73 minutes through prop Chris Lyth - with stand off George Russell adding a conversion to the former.
The match had started disastrously for Acorn , when straight from the kick off and with barely 7 secs on the clock , Dockers centre Jordan Larvin responded to a knock on from the kick off and scooped to pick up the loose ball and race in from 35 yards for a try which Russell improved with a conversion.
Acorn hit back on 9 mins , when Ryan Gallacher linked superbly into the right side attacking line before forcing his way over for an unconverted try to cut the hosts lead to 6-4.
Acorns joy was short lived when a touch of De jais vous took centre stage as Acorn once again made another handling error from the kick off and several plays later they were punished on 11 mins when Russell cut through and notched a try under the posts from which he himself added the extras to - putting the Dockers 12-4 to the good.
Acorn then took control of the game possession wise for the remainder of the half but were guilty of not having enough patience and guile to open up a resolute home side defence.
Finally they managed to get across the whitewash, when excellent interchange play involving sub forward Jack Byrne's and centre Jordan Potter from 40 yards out ended with the former romping over for a Matt Chilton converted try that saw Acorn go in 12 - 10 down at the break.
Acorn continued to be the more dominant force after the restart and they eventually got their noses in front on 59 minutes when their m.o.t.m Ryan Gallacher showed great footwork and determination to force his way over out wide for an unconverted try - putting the Blue & Golds 12- 14 to the good.
Acorn looked to have produced a magical game breaking moment on 67 mins, when from an attacking play the ball - 40 meters from the Dockers try line,
Acorn went blind and quick hands involving Budd, Gallacher and Second rower Brandon Harris - saw the latter cut back from the touchline to cut his way through and race over behind the posts for a great try to which Chilton added the extras to giving Acorn a 12-20 lead.
Acorn only had to close the game out against opponents who were now rattled, but for some reason their game management went to pot, as did their previously excellent discipline and Hull were only too eager to grasp the opportunity to turn the game on its head.
Despite the defeat their were positives to be gleemed from this encounter, especially the performances of teenage second row pairing Brandon Harris and Reece Rushworth who continue to impress in both attack and defence.
Also scrum half Matt Chilton , impressed on his return to action after a lengthy period on the sideline, and he formed an effective partnership with stand off Joe Budd.
Others to catch the eye were, substitute forward Adam Speck and prop forward Joshua Mortimer who proved willing ball carriers.