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York Acorn
Sat 29 Jul 14:30 - National Conference League - Division 1

Blackbrook 16 Acorn 50

Acorn hit half century

York Acorn gave their hopes of an end of season play off spot a huge boost when they thumped bottom of the table St Helens based outfit - Blackbrook 50 pts to 16 away from home.
Fielding a side with 7 changes from the previous weeks home win over Hull Dockers, Acorn got off to a flying start when on 3 mins scrum half Lewis Brown put second rower Tom Hill over from close range for a try goaled by Acorns man of the match - full back Matthew Chilton.
Acorn stretched their lead on 7 minutes to 12 - 0 , when a clip kick by Acorns impressive loose forward Tim Elliott found its way into the home sides in goal area and center Ryan Gallacher was on hand to score a try Chilton added the extras to.
On 22 minutes, from an attacking scrum - 10 meters out, the ball found its way into the hands of Chilton, who left several would be tacklers in his wake with a jinking run before scoring a try close to the posts- which he himself added the extras to - giving Acorn an 18 - 0 advantage.
Blackbrook hit back on 29 minutes, when full back Jordan Darwin intercepted close to his own try line and showed blistering pace to go 80m and score a try which center Aaron Hewitt added the conversion to - reducing Acorns lead to 18 - 6.
Acorn readdressed the balance on 33 minutes,when they created something out of nothing to score a try right in the corner by winger Josh Thompson.
In the tightest of spaces, somehow the ball was kept alive on the fifth and last tackle by both Lord & Singleton before Thompson scored.
Chilton put Acorn 24 - 6 in front with the successful conversion attempt.
Not long afterwards, Blackbrook reduced the Acorn lead to 24 - 10, when a clever lofted kick out wide was caught by winger Chris Wynn who touched down for an unconverted score.
Right on the stroke of half time, Acorn effectively sealed this contest when a break by Stand off Lewis Lord was continued deep into the oppositions half and several hands later Gallacher was on hand to score an unconverted try close to the corner flag, to put Acorn 28 - 10 up at the break.
Acorn increased their lead early in the second half , when on 45 minutes a powerfull break by center Gareth Singleton set up a great attacking position for second rower Reece Rushworth to score a try converted by the boot of Chilton - putting Acorn 34 - 10 in front.
On 55 minutes, Blackbrooks best player - scrum half Jordan Welsby produced a quality moment of skill - when chipping over the Acorn defensive line on the half way line, before regathering and several interchanges later Welsby nipped in for a try Hewitt converted to cut Acorns lead to 34 - 16.
Any hopes of a fightback were quashed ruefully on 66 minutes, when Chilton produced a stunning 40/ 20 kick.
Chilton then raced to collect the ball, before taking a quick tap restart and racing in for an unopposed try against a bewildered Blackbrook outfit.
Chilton then added the extras to put Acorn into a commanding 40-16 lead.
On 72 mins - yet another Singleton break and offload to Thompson ended with substitute forward Harry Bromwich racing over for his second try in two games to put Acorn 44-16 up.
Chilton on a rare occassion being unsuccessful with the conversion attempt.
Acorn completed their scoring on 77 minutes and at the same time hit the 50 point mark, when hardworking prop forward Adam Endersby crashed over from the acting half role to which Chilton popped over his 7th goal in 9 attempts .
Top performers for an Acorn side ,who are on fire again and will hope to extinguish any lingering relegation chances, whilst at the same time try to cement their hopes of a top 6 finish - when they play hosts to Shaw Cross next week , were forwards Elliott Bulmer, Adam Endersby, Chris Rushworth & center Singleton with ball in hand.
Whilst the tackling of forwards Reece Rushworth, Tim Elliott along with that of stand off Lord was pivotal in snuffing out the Blackbrook attack.

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Hunslet Club Parkside 20 38
2. Underbank Rangers 20 34
3. Normanton Knights 20 24
4. Milford Marlins 20 23
5. York Acorn 20 20
6. Lock Lane 20 19
7. Featherstone Lions 20 14

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