CH CUP GLORY FOR YORK ACORN
York Acorn reached the third round of the Coral Challenge Cup competition by virtue of a 34 -14 home win over Cumbrian outfit Barrow Island.
They were eventually indebted to a much improved second half performance that saw them turn a narrow 8-6 half time advantage into a winning scoreline that looked more comfortable then in reality it really was.
The crucial period of the game came either side of the half time break,when they went from 4-6 down to eventually taking a match winning 24-6 by the 55 mins mark.
The first half was a tough tight contest , which always had York Acorn the more likely to put points on the board.But periods of poor handling caused by a combination of forced passes and unforced errors saw Acorn fail to push home their advantage.
The games first points came on 7 minutes when a classic Antony Chilton kick out wide was grounded for an unconverted try by winger Luke Swales to put the home side 4-0 up.
The game then became a battle of committed defending and both sides were the equal of each other until the 25th minute , when York Acorn were guilty of poor defending on their own line – when allowing Barrow hooker Shane Sanderson to walk over from the play the ball.
Goal kicking winger Sam Jones added the goal to put the visitors into a 4-6 lead.
Overall Acorn were solid enough in defence with key performances coming from the hooker James Mountford in the middle whilst center Mark Sanderson & Jordan Hyde took the plaudits on the edges.
Crucially for York Acorn, they managed to get the next score and more importantly it came just before half time. When full back Joe Budd and half back Lewis Brown combined brilliantly to create the space from where inform center Ryan Gallacher was able to scythe through and score a 37th minute unconverted try to put the York Acorn Blue & Golds into the lead again at 8-6.
The opening quarter of the second half was dominated by York Acorn as they played a more direct attacking play and had their opponents struggling to slow them down around the ruck.
York Acorn started to dominate the floor , with both acting halves- PBH RAIL sponsored MOTM James Mountford and his partner in crime Lewis Lord proving unstoppable with or without ball in hand.
York Acorn got the ball rolling in the 41st minute when they capitalised on back to back sets to score a try off a planned move when second rower Haiden Barber crossed for another unconverted try that saw the hosts stretch their lead to 12 – 6.
Minutes later the home crowd were celebrating once more , when powerful winger Luke Swales crashed over in the corner despite the attentions of several would be tacklers.
This time Antony Chilton was successful with the conversion attempt and home side were breathing a little more comfortable having opened up an 18 – 6 advantage.
This soon became 24 – 6 , when on 55 minutes acting half Lewis Lord nipped over from close range for an Antony Chilton goaled try.
Acorn were given a reminder on 63 minutes that this game wasn’t completely done and dusted, when Barrow Islands MOTM winger Jonathon Walsh capitalised on an attacking kick out wide followed by some indifferent defending – to notch an unconverted try for the visitors that cut Acorns lead to 24 – 10.
Acorns response was powerful to say the least, when on 71 minutes York Acorn Prop forward Tim Stubbs, somehow managed to free his hands as he was crashing over – before stretching out to score a well deserved try. Chilton goaled to move York Acorn 30 – 10 infront.
Once more, Acorns right edge defence was guilty of missing tackles and Barrow Island centre Nathan Sneesby took full advantage to notch his side an unconverted try which cut York Acorns lead to 30 – 10.
York Acorn were to have the final say where the scoring was concerned, when in the final minute – the ever alert Lewis Lord pulled off a one on one ball steal in the Barrow 20, before racing over for an unconverted try that finished the games scoring and secured York Acorns berth in the third round.