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Hunslet Warriors
York Acorn
Sat 8 Apr 14:30 - National Conference League - Division 1 Full time

Hunslet Warriors 12 Acorn 38

Stand off Anthony Chilton produced a masterclass of kicking , both tactical and also goal kicking to help York Acorn stop a 3 match losing run

Stand off Anthony Chilton produced a masterclass of kicking , both tactical and also goal kicking to help York Acorn stop a 3 match losing run as they ran out emphatic 38 - 12 away winners at high flying Hunslet Warriors in the NCL DIV 1.
Chilton deservedly took the Man of the Match award, but Acorn had heroes aplenty especially teenage second rowers Brandon Harris & Reece Rushworth ( who continue to improve game by game), wingers Matty Downes & Josh Thompson - (with the latter having his best game in a long while) and prolific free scoring center Ryan Gallacher who notched a hat trick of trys.
Acorn thoroughly deserved this win and hopefully this will kick start their campaign, starting with a home game versus Milford in 2 weeks time .
Acorn started strongly and on 5 minutes a high up and under by Chilton, caused panic in the home sides defence and from a spilt ball - scrum half Matthew Chilton was on hand to pick up the loose ball and score a try which brother Anthony added the extras to, giving Acorn a 0-6 lead.
Hunslet managed to bring parity to the scoreline, when they managed to score after the ball came loose in the tackle right on the try line.
The referee judged the ball went forward from a one on one steal and therefore Hunslet were then awarded the try as they had touched the ball down .
The hosts added the conversion to tie the scores up at 6-6.
On 25 minutes, Acorns substitute forward Jack Byrne's continued his rich vein of try scoring form- when he capitalised on an astute pass by Elliott Bulmer ,to go in under the posts for a try which Chilton added the conversion to - putting his side 6-12 to the good.
Acorn stretched their lead to 6 - 18 when that man again Anthony Chilton drilled the ball into the Hunslet 20 and Gallacher latched onto the awkward bouncing ball to race in and score his first try of the game.
Chilton added the conversion and Acorn took this advantage into the half time break.
After the restart, Acorn stretched their lead to 6- 20 on 45 minutes when Anthony Chilton kicked a penalty goal.
Acorn were dominant now and on 57 minutes, hooker James Mountford capitalised on 2 storming runs by improving sub forward Adam Speck, which set up the field position from which Mountford went over from acting half.
Chiltons conversion saw Acorn move into a 6-26 lead and this got even better , when on 63 minutes Gallacher - (following a raking long range kick downfield by that man Chilton again) - took the ball in a one on one steal and raced in for his second try of the game.Chilton then turned it into a six pointer and gave Acorn a commanding match winning 6-32 lead.
The hosts finally got a consolation score on 68 minutes , when they managed to cross over out wide for a converted try that got them into double figures at 12- 32 down.
Fittingly Acorn were to have the last word ,in a game which they had dominated from start to finish - when on 72 minutes, Acorn captain & full back Joe Budd, joined the three quarters line at pace before releasing Gallacher into space, and the inform center did the rest as he went in for his hat trick score.
Anthony Chilton added the conversion to give Acorn their final tally of 38 points and a personal points tally of 14 points on an afternoon when he let his boots do the talking by kicking 6 out of 6 conversion attempts as well as 1 out of 1 Penalty attempts.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hunslet Club Parkside 20 38
2. Underbank Rangers 20 34
3. Normanton Knights 20 24
4. Milford Marlins 20 23
5. York Acorn 20 20
6. Lock Lane 20 19
7. Featherstone Lions 20 14

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