Hunslet Club Parkside 46 Acorn 0
Acorn were well beaten for the first time this season, when they lost 46-0 away at NCL DIV 1 leaders Hunslet Club Parkside.
York Acorn were well beaten for the first time this season, when they lost 46-0 away at NCL DIV 1 leaders and title chasing side Hunslet Club Parkside.
Not for the first time this campaign and certainly not for the last tme, Acorn had to make several changes to their previous line up , due to injuries, unavailability etc and despite lots of endeavour - they were never truly in the contest as their hosts proved to be the dominant force their league position suggested.
Unfortunately Acorn's attack never really tested a well organized resolute Hunslet defence, mainly because it was too one dimensional and lacked the injection of pace and numbers through the line to cause any kind of disruption.
They tried hard in the forward exchanges and were well served by MOTM, substitute forward Adam Endersby who worked tirelessly to stem the home sides dominance as did impressive debutee Chris Fox who had an excellent debut in the forwards, when coming off the bench.
He proved to be a willing ball carrier and stout defender which bodes well for the rest of the campaign for this York RUFC player.
In defence Acorn suffered because they were unable to stem the tackle offloads, mainly from bustling prop forward Jamie Fields who regularly pulled the defenders into the tackle before off loading to willing support runners such as hooker Andy Hillock who gleefully accepted when racing in for a hat trick of trys.
Others to impress were prop forward Luke Pettman and full back Craig McShane brother of Castleford Tigers outstanding hooker Paul McShane - whose also the sides assistant coach & was in high spirits following Castlefords win over Leeds Rhinos at Headingly the night before.
Acorn also struggled to get off the floor quick enough with or without the ball in hand , whilst their hosts were able to execute the skill to a high level.
Acorn can't dwell on this showing too long because they will need to bounce back next weekend , when they entertain second placed outfit Underbank before travelling to third placed side Milford a week later.
Acorn currently lie in a mid table slot , but will need to pick up points against sides currently below them in the league - so it's important that they stay competitive throughout the forthcoming tougher games .