Lock Lane 18 Acorn 42
Acorns end of season play off push gains real momentum
York Acorns end of season play off push gained real momentum as they stormed to yet another emphatic win, when crushing highly rated Lock Lane 42 - 18 away in Castleford.
Acorns win, saw them move 3 points clear of a group of teams inc todays vanquished hosts, in 4th spot with just 4 games to play.
A position that would ensure them a home tie in the end of seasons play offs.
Acorns attacking play was at times breathtaking with the arcihitects in chief been MOTM scrum half Lewis Brown and stand off Lewis Lord whose partnership constantly had the hosts on the back foot.
Willing runners such as Brandon Harris,Chris Fox, Elliott Bulmer, Matty Downes and Tim Stubbs benefitted from their creative play.
Whilst goal kicking full back Matthew Chilton was illusive in every sense of the word and managed to register 18 points from 2 tries and 5 goals.0
Acorn hit the lead on 8 mins when quick combinational pivot play between Lord & Brown ended with Acorns outstanding full back Matt Chilton sending winger Jack Stewart over for a try out wide, which Chilton
himself added an excellent conversion to , to put Acorn 0 - 6 infront.
The hosts drew level on 15 mins as a result of Acorns poor completion rate ( at this stage of the game) which saw Lock Lane enjoy plenty of on line posession and eventually the Castleford side scored a try , when scrum half Connor Land went in under the posts for a try he himself converted.
Acorn regained the lead on 20 mins, when a wonderful attacking kick on the move by loose forward Tim Elliott, was pounced on in the home sides in goal area by Brandon Harris for a try converted by Chilton to give Acorn a 6 - 12 advantage.
Chilton himself, then produced a breathtaking piece of individualism to side step and weave his way over from 20 yards out for an unconverted score and a 6 - 16 lead.
On 29 minutes Acorn produced more free flowing attacking play involving messrs Lord & Brown , with the latter creating a huge gap for Harris to storm over unopposed.
Chilton added the goal to put Acorn into a 6 -22 lead.
Against the run of play , Acorn were penalised harshly for ripping and within 2 mins the hosts had cut Acorns lead to 12 - 22 with a coverted score of their own.
Acorn once again showed great resolve to bounce straight back with the next score on the stroke of half time, when Brown attacked the Lock Lane right edged defence and sent Ryan Gallacher over for his customary try to put Acorn into a 12 - 26 half time lead.
The second half wasnt as fluent for Acorn and they should have had more points then they managed with a bit more cohesion with ball in hand.
Still they did manage to notch more points , beginning on 56 mins, when Chilton scored his second excellent individual solo try, that saw him go off both feet before straightening up and going in under the posts.
His conversion moved Acorn into 12 - 32 lead.
Acorns next score came on 64 mins , when sub prop Stubbs crashed over from close range for a try which Chilton turned into a 6 pointer when adding the goal to put Acorn into a 12 - 38 lead.
Acorn once again passed the 40 point mark , when on 70 minutes, more attacking approach play from Lord & Brown set up the position for Gallacher to do what he does best and that is to switch the jinking burners on and eventually finish with aplumb out wide - when scoring an unconconverted try that put Acorn into a 12 - 42 lead.
The final score of this game came to the hosts on 72 min , when an error by Acorn from the kick off - allowed Lock Lane to gain a foothold in the Acorn half and several plays later they scored a scrambled converted try out wide - to give us a final score line of 18 - 42 in Acorns favour.