STEADY EDDIE GAINS ACORN A POINT.
A 79th minute unconverted try by York Acorn’s 17 year old centre Eddie Prescott (on his first outing of the season ) rescued Acorn a point in their National Conference Premier division clash away at Featherstone Lions as the game ended 24 apiece. For the second week in a row Acorn will feel that they could have won the game ,if only for a 15 minute period where they once again conceded 18 unanswered points that very nearly saw them on the wrong end of the final score line once again. The match itself began brightly for Acorn and they took a 3rd minute lead when a clever Antony Chilton reverse attacking kick in the hosts 20, found its way into the hands of second rower Elliott Bulmer who went in for a try goaled by Chilton to put the Blue & Golds into a 0-6 lead. Their lead was short lived when Featherstone hit back on 10 minutes with a try by second rower DaviGarahan who took full advantage of back to back penalties and a quick play the ball to race in for a try which impressive full back Ian Jackson added the extras to, to tie the scores up at 6 apiece. It didn’t take Acorn long to get their noses back in front and what a try it was – created and scored by scrum half Lewis Brown after excellent play from their in form centre and M.O.T.M Tom Hill, who having been put through the gap on the half way line by Brown raced towards the Lions try line before returning the favour and sending the supporting Brown in for a well crafted try – to which Chilton added the conversion to put Acorn into a 6 – 12 lead. The rest of the half saw both sides test each othersdefences out, with Acorn indebted to the tackling of centres Hill & Prescott on the edges and prop Adam Speck, hooker Nick Speck and second rowers Jordan Hyde and Elliott Bulmer in the middle. Whilst in attack, substitute forwards Alex Hardcastle & Jack Byrnes were willing runners throughout. Unfortunatelyfor Acorn,the opening 20 minutes of the second half belonged soley to the hosts as Featherstone moved into a healthy 24 -12 lead. Due mainly to the factthat Acorn just couldn’t get going – hampered somewhat by a lopsided penalty count and several handling errors. Featherstone drew level on 43 minutes, when hooker Michael Wise found a gap to go over from close range for a try goaled by Jackson. They then hit the lead for the first time in the match on 48 minutes, when following an Acorn handling error in their own 20, Featherstone full back Ian Jackson was able to scorea smart try he himself converted to put his side 18 – 12 in front. When the Lions M.O.T.M loose forward Danny Glassell , somehow twisted and turned his way over for a try which Jackson goaled to put the home side 24 – 12 in front. It appeared that Acorns hopes of getting anything out of this game were fast fading as they were finding it hard to complete there sets in a good part of the field. One thing this Acorn side has in abundance is character and a never say die attitude and they turned the game on its head with a rousing final 20 minutes of attacking rugby . With substitute Lewis Lord to the fore, Acorn started to complete their sets in the right areas and their ability to keep the ball alive on the last tackle meant the home sides defence were getting stretched out of shape on the edges and Acorn were only willing to take full advantage. Starting on 68 minutes, when after a passage of keeping the ball alive on the last tackle ended with a subtle kick to the corner by Hill, which was pounced on by Acorns in form try scoring winger Mark Sanderson for an unconverted try that cut the Lions lead to 24 – 16. The momentum was now firmly with Acorn and they further reduced the home sides lead on 74 minutes, when more ‘keepthe ball alive ‘ on the last tackle created the opportunity for Antony Chilton to send over a cross field kick that brought an unconverted try out wide for winger Ryan Gallacher that put his side only 24 – 20 adrift. Then with barely a minute to go York Acorn grabbed a deserved share of the spoils , when more last ditch passing saw the ball end up in the hands of teenage centre Eddie Prescott – who brushed aside his opposite number to race in for an unconverted try and Acorns first league points of the campaign.
York Acorn coach Josh Mortimer said of his sides performance,
“ I’m a little bit disappointed if I’m honest about the way we performed in the opening quarter of the second half, when gave away far too many penalties due to poor discipline. But I couldn’t fault the teams character and the way the lads stuck together to fight back for a share of the spoils”
Mortimer finishes off bysaying ,“ On reflection, I look on it as a point gained, rather then one lost“