Acorn 36 Blackbrook 28
A hat trick of trys by teenage second rower Reece Rushworth, helped York Acorn to a 36 - 28 home win
A hat trick of trys by teenage second rower Reece Rushworth, helped York Acorn to a 36 - 28 home win over Blackbrook ,that saw them gain back to back NCL DIV 1 wins for the first this season.
Mind you, it wouldn't be Acorn if this had been a straight forward win and this wasn't anything like as comfortable as it should have been.
Once again, Acorn produced a mixed bag of a performance which at times bordered on excellent and on other occasions bordered on well below par.
To give you a taste of what I mean, Acorn were 1 minute away from going in at the half time break with a comfortable 22 - 6 lead, but instead they allowed their out played opponents to take the gloss of their first half showing by conceding a soft converted score on the stroke of half time that gave this game a totally different complextion as well as a boost for their St Helens opponents.
Acorn should have been home and dry by then and the visitors should have been literally dead and buried.
On the restart Acorn began well before they allowed their indiscipline to surface again and this was borne out of the fact that they were guilty of allowing their frustrations to get the better of them as they bombed several guilt edged chances during the second half and the momentum shifted to the visitors on the back of it.
One moment of frustration saw Acorn reduced to 12 men when Rushworth was sin binned for dissent after his try scoring pass to Josh Thompson was adjudged to be forward.
The game started well for Acorn and they opened the scoring on 2 mins , when Rushworth crashed over for a try ,from a Josh Thompson pass.
Anthony Chilton added the extras to give Acorn a 6-0 lead.
Blackbrook hit back on 7 mins when they capitalized on an excellent Jordan Welsby 40/20 kick, which set up the position for quality 3/4's play that saw the ball end up in the hands of second rower Craig Lyon who scored a try which Welsby converted to tie the scores up at 6- 6.
Acorn regained the lead on 12 minutes, when they themselves capitalized on quick hands along their three quarters to see winger Matty Downes go over in at the corner for a try goaled by Chilton to put the home side 12 - 6 in front.
Acorn stretched their lead to 16 - 6 ,when they once again profited from quick hands to get round the Blackbrook left edge defence to send Rushworth over for his second try.
On 24 minutes Acorn moved into a commanding 22 - 6 lead , when out of nothing Scrum half Matthew Chilton caught the visitors defence flat footed and cut his way over for a quality individual try which brother Anthony added the extras to.
Right on the stroke of half time, Acorn fell to a sucker punch, when the visitors went blind from a scrum heel in the Acorn 20 and center Jordan Darwin went in at the corner.
Welsby popped over the conversion to give the visitors a glimmer of hope and only trailing 22- 12 at the break.
The second half started brightly for Acorn , when on 42mins Rushworth ran the perfect line to go over for his hat trick score.
Chilton put Acorn 28 - 12 in front with the conversion.
Acorn then lost their way a bit and Blackbrook found a soft zone on Acorns Right side edge defence to score the games next points, when on 50 minutes their dangerman Darwin broke clear down the Acorn right hand side and two passes later substitute Jimmy Brown was in under the posts for a try which Welsby converted to give a scoreline of 28 - 18 in Acorns favour.
Acorn managed to stem the tide momentarily on 58 minutes when their powerful winger Jack Stewart stormed over out wide for a try Chilton then added an excellent touchline conversion to - putting his side 34 - 18 in front.
More twists and turns ensued as Acorn were then rocked by Rushworths sin bin and then Blackbrook capitalized on a piece of good fortune that saw Darwin given a 61st minute try by the referee despite losing the ball clearly when going over the Acorn try line on the right hand side . Welsby popped over the conversion to close the Acorn lead to 34 - 24.
Alarm bells rang out clear and loud when on 69 minutes the visitors once again cut through the Acorn right hand side defence to score an unconverted try through winger Josh Dyer to cut Acorns lead to 34 - 28.
A 72nd minute penalty goal by Anthony Chilton calmed Acorns nerves and pushed the home side into a decisive 36 - 28 lead, which they held on till the final whistle.
Overall, job done but not to the level that they need to be at if they are to trouble the likes of high flying Normanton - who are next week's visitors.
Room for lots of improvement and that's something they will be looking to achieve via this week's training before next week's game.
The pick of the Acorn players were ever improving Rushworth, winger Stewart & prop Tim Stubbs.