Pilkington Recs vs York Acorn



Pilkington Recs36
York Acorn30


YORK Acorn’s hopes of getting their National Conference League division one campaign off to a winning start were thwarted when they were just beaten 36-30 at one of the sides tipped to get promoted come the end of the season, Pilkington Recs.

While you couldn’t fault Acorn’s commitment and effort overall, it was several lost balls and uncharacteristic missed tackles especially in the opening 20 minutes along with a lopsided penalty count, that ultimately proved to be their downfall come the final whistle.

Acorn also had to play with only 12 men during the second quarter of the first-half, after having their winger Jake Calam was sin binned for allegedly kicking the ball away and preventing the hosts from taking a quick tap penalty following a 40/20 kick.

These deficiencies contributed to Acorn finding themselves 18-0 by the half-hour mark, by virtue of tries on 10 minutes by second rower Terence Riley, off a pass that looked forward, and by the same player on 20 minutes to which stand-off Kyran Knapper added both conversions.

Acorn gradually started to get a foothold in the contest, but they were undone again on the half-hour mark when Pilk’s left centre Cameron Brown went over in the corner for yet another try goaled by Knapper.

Acorns’ response came two minutes later, when scrum-half Lewis Brown took an interception in his own 20 metres, before showing a great turn of pace to race in for an important 80-metre try, which stand-off partner Antony Chilton added the extras to – putting the visitors 18-6 down.

On 35 minutes Acorn’s fight back was gathering real momentum, when loose forward Reece Rushworth crashed over from close range for a try goaled by Chilton.

Acorn were running hot now and, on 39 minutes, they drew level in bizarre fashion,when first Chilton put a kick into the host’s 20, which wasn’t dealt with properly by the host’s defence and second rower Matthew Woods was on hand to fly hack the loose ball and up popped Rushworth to gather and crash over for their third try in 10 minutes. Chilton’s conversion tied the scores up at 18 apiece.


Date Time League Season Full Time
2nd March 2019 2:30 pm Division 1 2019 80'


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