Ince Rose Bridge 24 Acorn 32
Acorn produced a Jekyll and Hyde performance in every sense of the word before overcoming a stubborn Ince Rosebridge outfit on their own turf 32 - 24
York Acorn produced a Jekyll and Hyde performance in every sense of the word before overcoming a stubborn Ince Rosebridge outfit on their own turf 32 - 24.
The final scoreline only tells half the story, when you realise that Acorn had held an 8 - 6 half time lead before racing into a commanding 20 - 6 lead by the 50 minute mark.
Ince then hit back to score 3 tries in a 5 minute spell to take a seemingly decisive 20 - 24 lead before Acorn not only overcame a sin binning of center Josh Thompson for an alleged dangerous tackle, to score two late Trys to register a deserved and much needed win, that sets them up perfectly for next week's home clash with struggling BlackbroAcorn began brightly enough and held the upperhand for much of the first quarter and opened the scoring on 15 minutes, when debutant winger Arron McBride scooped up a loose pass on the half volley before nipping over for an unconverted try in the corner - to put Acorn 4- 0 up.
With center Matty Downes and winger Jack Stewart adding real punch for their backs in attack and M.O.T.M Prop forward Tim Stubbs & Loose forward Tim Elliott doing likewise for Acorn in the forward exchanges - the visitors continued to hold the upperhand and on 28 minutes they increased their lead, when a high up and under caused mayhem in the Ince goal line defence and the ball was spun out to winger Stewart- who produced an impressive moment of athleticism to touch down in the corner for Acorns second unconverted score of the half.
Ince finally managed to break through the tight Acorn defence on 31 minutes, when despite being involved as a recipricant of a three man tackle, they managed to get the offload away and their supporting player went in under the posts for a converted try to give us a half time scoreline of 8-6 to Acorn.
After the resumption - it was Acorn who started the more brighter of the two sides and on 46 minutes they stretched their lead to 14 -6, when a long pass directly from an attacking scrum heel found its way out wide and that man again Stewart dived in at the corner for an Anthony Chilton goaled try.
Minutes later and Acorn were in again- when a speculative pass into play by impressive substitute Joe Burns- (to avoid being tackled into touch with ball in hand ) - found its way into the hands of Matt Downes , who from 35 yards out proceeded to bludgeon his way through several would be tacklers before touching down for an Anthony Chilton goaled try to put Acorn into a seemingly commanding position at 20- 6 .
Acorn then we're guilty , not for the first time this season , of imploding and on the back of several back to back penaltys - conceded 3 converted scores in a 5 minute period - as Mr Hyde took central stage.
Fortunately, despite Thompson's sin binning - Dr Jekyll made a timely re- introduction , that enabled the York side to regain control of this game just when it mattered most.
The decisive moment of this enthralling game came on 72 minutes , when impressive centre Matt Downes crashed in for an Anthony Chilton converted try that put the visitors 26 - 24 in front.
Ince thought they had managed to take the spoils right at the death when they crossed for a try out wide .
But on the intervention of the touch judge the try was correctly wiped off , as their was a blatant forward pass in the build up.
Acorn then proceeded to go up the other end and seal victory, when stand off Anthony Chilton took the Ince line on and despite being under pressure from three would be tacklers , he was able to stretch his hand out and place the ball down for a try he himself added the conversion to.