Milford 28 Acorn 12
Acorn positive despite loss
YORK ACORN lost their fourth game in a row when losing 28-12 away at promotion chasing Milford Marlins after at one stage being 22-0 down after only 18 minutes.
Acorn seemed to be reliving an occurring nightmare when they conceeded all those early points, which at one stage seemed to indicate another 40 points loss.
Their slow start could be put down to the fact that they once again had to make wholesale changes that saw them take the field with ai totally new half back pairing of stand off Jake Calam and scrum half Matthew Chilton, whilst other changes included the return of center Matthew Woods and utility forward Harry Bromwich to the bench.
Lack of cohesion , hurt Acorn early on when on three occasions they sliced their kicks on the fifth and last and brought extra pressure on themselves in dangerous areas.
Their inform opponents Milford took full advantage, when opening the scoring on 5 minutes, when a missed one on one tackle exposed Acorns Right hand edge defensive and allowed them to score a try through Craig Harrison which full back Ryan Oxtoby converted to put the hosts 6-0 up.
On 10 minutes Milford moved into a 10-0 lead when Andy Barker charged over from 20 yards out on their left to score an unconverted try out wide.
Acorn were still reeling and on 15 minutes excellent hands along the Milford three quarters created the opening from which right winger Elliot Watmough acrobatically scored a try the left hand corner .
Oxtoby added the conversion to put the hosts into a healthy 16-0 up.
With 18 minutes gone on the clock , Milford smashed through the 50's channel on the half way line, and great support play saw stand off Zak Snelgrove race clear to score an Oxtoby goaled try under the posts to put Milford 22-0 up.
The introduction from the bench), of experienced duo - half back Tim Elliott and prop forward Adam Endersby, settled Acorn down to such an extent that they were the better side for the remainder of the half and infact they were denied what looked like a perfectly good try,when Endersby was adjudged to have been held up over the line.
If Acorn were to continue their competitive involvement in this game - then it was very important that they made a good start to the second half.
To their credit Acorn were now beginning to make the important tackles and hard yards and with impressive performances coming from pack stars Tim Stubbs, Endersby, a fired up Tom Hill @ loose forward - Acorns forwards were now playing their part in several physical encounters that were to be a hallmark of this second half.
Behind a much more aggressive go forward pack, Acorn were well served in their backs by centres Matthew Woods and Ryan Gallacher along with full back Eddie Clapham who gave a masterful catching display under heavy pressure.
On 56 mins Elliott dinked a clever grubber kick behind the Milford try line and the prolific Gallacher pounced on the loose ball to register yet another try, which Matthew Chilton added the conversion to - putting Acorn at least on the scoreboard at 22-6 down.
On 65 minutes, good hands involving Chilton M & Tom Hill put Gallacher into space and his footwork and desire saw him go in for his second try.
Chilton added the conversion to put Acorn 22- 12 behind.
Try as hard as Acorn did , they just couldn't close the gap anymore and despite being the better side they were unable get across the whitewash again and it was left to the hosts to score the final points of the half.
When stand off Zak Snelgrove created the numerical advantage on their right hand side attack before sending winger Watmough in for his second try of the game.
Oxtoby added the extras to give the hosts a 28-12 win, but it proved much harder then they have expected after the opening quarter salvo.
Unlike their previous 3 defeats prior to this game, Acorn can at least be pleased with their final 60 minutes of this game, where they showed good signs of being competitive once again.
Hopefully two weeks off, players returning from Injurys etc and fixtures against sides below them or aroundys. in the league, will help Acorn get back to winning ways.
Acorn could be without their prolific try scoring center Gallacher , who had to be carried of after damaging his ankle.