Acorn 40 Hull Dockers 12
A scintillating second half performance gave Acorn a commanding 40-12 home win
A scintillating second half performance saw York Acorn turn a 10-12 half time deficit into a commanding 40-12 home win over a spirited but eventually outplayed Hull Dockers side, to end a 4 match losing run.
Acorn fielding yet another side bereft of several of their more established players due to varying circumstances, could have been expected to take time to gel together.
But it was to be the home side who struck first when on 7 mins full back Mark Sanderson crashed over from close range off a Tom Hill pass.
Non regular goal kicker, second rower Brandon Harris failed with his first conversion attempt but acquitted himself well to his new duties, as the game went on.
Leading 4-0 Acorn actually completed the next set well and seemed to have drawn out any quick response from their visitors, when holding them in their own 20.
Unfortunately on 12 minutes, their best player center Daniel Tuffour caused problems with his powerful running and this set up the position inside the Acorn 20 and a quick play the ball resulted in Dockers scoring a try through second rower Steve Milne to which loose forward George Russell added the conversion to - putting the visitors into a 4-6 lead.
Things got worse for Acorn on 25 minutes when fellow second rower Dave Palmer took advantage , of Acorn players getting off the floor slowly in their own 20, to get on the end of a Dylan Rawlins pass to go in for a try which Russell improved to a 6 pointer ,when putting the visitors clear at 4-12 in front.
Acorn worked hard to stem the tide and as the game wore on, the newly formed half back partnership of Lewis Lord , playing in the unaccustomed role of stand off, and debutante scrum half Lewis Brown began to help shape this game in favour of the Acorn attack, in such a refreshing way that hopefully will give the Acorn attack a new dimension in the remaining weeks of this season.
Coupled with the sniping runs from substitute acting half and MOTM ,hooker Nick Speck and the powerful driving runs of their destructive prop forward Tim Stubbs who created havoc every time he had the ball in his hands - the game swung dramatically Acorns way especially after the restart.
The first telling blow came in the latter stages of the first half when they did manage to reduce the deficit on 35 minutes when Fox crashed in from close range for a try which Harris successfully added the conversion to giving us a 10-12 half time score line in the visitors favour.
The early stages of the second half saw a smattering of penalties handed out and another key component to why Acorn took control of the game in the second half was the fact that their discipline was excellent whilst their visitors became more ill disciplined as the half wore on.
Acorn took full advantage ,when Harris successfully kicked penalties on 43 & 46 minutes to put Acorn 14 - 12 in front.
Quality passing approach play allied to defence splitting runs from the his acting half role by Speck created the chance for winger Matty Downes to go over in the corner on 58 minutes for a try which Harris added the extras to giving Acorn a 20-12 lead.
A storming 63rd minute tackle busting break on the half way line by Stubbs ,saw him race 30 meters before offloading to the supporting Lord who cantered over under the posts for a 4 pointer which Harris turned into a 6 pointer ,stretched Acorns lead to 26-12.
A rare Hull Dockers attack on 67 minutes was ruefully thwarted when Acorn left winger Josh Thompson intercepted on his own try line before racing the full length of the pitch to score an unconverted try to give Acorn a healthy 30 -12 advantage.
Acorn should have scored when captain Tom Hill hit the perfect line only to lose possession in the act of scoring.
They also nearly scored when Downes went over in the corner, but it was ruled out for a forward pass.
Moments later though -on 72 minutes , Acorn did score an excellent try through Harry Bromwich created off some wonderful interchange passing between the two Lewis's - Lord & Brown allied to willing players running supporting lines off the ball , which in turn created the space for Bromwich to race over from 10m out.
Harris added the extras to put Acorn 36 -12 in front.
The final points of an entertaining second half showing came on 79 minutes when more excellent approach play, this time involving Brown & Bromwich enabled powerful right winger Matty Downes to go in for his second try of the game out wide and although Harris was unsuccessful with the conversion attempt , Acorn could enjoy the luxury of a healthy 40 -12 win.
Others to catch the eye for Acorn, we're centre Jake Calam who linked well in the three quarters, substitute forward Harry Bromwich, who had his best game of the season with his pass and running game and York RUFC player, forward Chris Fox who seems to be enjoying his stint in rugby league by giving an infectious energized display in both attack and defence when coming off the bench.