Normanton 22 Acorn 6
Acorns hopes of a top 4 finish, suffered a set back away at one of their main rivals Normanton
York Acorns hopes of a top 4 finish, suffered a set back when going down 22-6 away at one of their main rivals Normanton.
To be fair Acorn can have no qualms about their first defeat in 6 games , because quite simply as a team they just didn't perform any where near the level they can.
To put it mildly they under performed and their hosts out enthused them in the key areas of this contest.
Acorn struggled to cope with the big Normanton outfit on a tight pitch, and it was the physicality of their hosts that owed sway in this game, especially in the first half.
Acorns forwards lacked their usual penetrative power and drive and far too often coughed up possession early in the tackle count , whilst their backs couldn't find the cutting edge needed to unlock a stubborn home defence.
Far too often, Acorn seemed to run out of ideas close to the Wakefield sides try line and their tactical kicking game seemed rushed and lacked cohesion.
Unfortunately when this happens, players start to do things that they aren't meant to do and this just added to the disruptive nature of Acorns performance.
Defensively, Acorn missed far too many tackles, especially down their right hand edged defence and to be truthful they conceded 3 soft tries in the first half - 2 of which were converted.
Acorns only response of this poor first half showing came on 36 minutes, when stand off Lewis Lord broke down the blind side in the Normanton 20 before releasing center Mark Sanderson who stormed over for a try which full back Matt Chilton improved with an excellent touchline conversion.
The second half was a catalogue of half chances for Acorn, but you just couldn't see them converting these opportunities into real chances.
To rub salt into their wounds, the hosts crashed over for a converted score late on to seal their win and move them to within a single point of fourth placed Acorn with 2 games to go.
Acorns play off destiny, is still in their own hands but they will need to put this performance in the bin and bounce back for next week's home clash with relegated Hunslet Warriors.
Learn and move on quickly, will be the main topic for this week's training sessions.
Acorn need one more win to be sure of a play off spot, whilst 2 wins would secure a home draw- that's how close it is.