New Earswick 16 Acorn 12
York Acorn 'A' team fell to a late sucker punch , to lose 16-13 away at New Earswick
York Acorn 'A' team fell to a late sucker punch , to lose 16-13 away at New Earswick All Blacks first team in the Yorkshire League 40/20 cup competition.
It was the first game of the season for the majority of players on show and it was pretty evident that both sides were going to make mistakes , but what it lacked for in creative attacking structure - it more than made up for in effort and physical commitment befitting a full bloodied local derby clash.
The gamebreaker came on 78 minutes when the hosts managed to capitalize on a piece of strange good fortune in the build up, to eventually squeeze in at the right hand corner to notch the match winning try.
Upto that moment it appeared that substitute acting half Mackley had engineered the win for Acorn, when coolly slotting over a 67th minute neatly taken 25m drop goal to put the Acornites second string into a 12 - 13 lead.
Neither side could justifiably say they totally deserved the win and in truth it was that close an encounter with very little to choose between the two protagonists.
On 15 mins , All Blacks took full advantage of Acorn defenders falling off the tackle on their own try line to crash over for an unconverted score and 4-0 lead.
Acorn could and should have drawn at least level on 38mins but unfortunately centre Adam Sellars failed to ground the ball over the try line.
Fortunately, moments later Acorn did infact create parity when on the stroke of half time Acorn center Matty Downes broke clear on the half way line to race in for a try he himself added the extras to - sending Acorn 4-6 in front at the break.
The next score came on 50 mins when Acorn repeated the error of falling off the tackle on their own try line once more and the hosts took full advantage to crash over for a converted score that saw them regain the lead by virtue of a 10-6 lead.
They stretched their lead to a converted score when putting over a 53rd minute penalty goal that now saw them move into a 12- 6 lead.
Both sides attack was pedestrian to say the very least ,as the game continued
to be played amongst the single hit up brigade with very little creativity and go forward from the team's playmakers especially on the Acorn side of things.
Fortunately for Acorn , they were well served in the forward exchanges, despite the narrowness of their attack, by the work rate of prop forward Adam Endersby,
Second rower Reece Rushworth and the physical presence of sub prop forward Davey Burns on his return to competitive action following a lengthy period away.
Acorn finally produced a piece of creative attacking play on 67 minutes when fluent passing along the line involving Burns & stand off Harry Bromwich ended with scrum half Jordan Myers putting substitute forward and another long term absentee , former first team captain and assistant coach Tom Hill, into space and he crashed over for a try ,which Mackley turned into a 6 pointer and a share of the lead at 12 apiece.
The latter then seemed to have engineered a win for the Acorn second string with his drop goal before New Earswick hit back to take the spoils right at the death.
It wasn't all doom and gloom for the Acorn second string, with the positives coming in the shape of the return to competitive action for Tom Hill who will be
determined to get back into the first team squad in the non too distant future, once he achieves match fitness , whilst the form of Matty Downes in the centres gave Acorn another player likely to feature in the first team in the future.
Others to impress , were teenage winger Callum McDarby on his debut and hooker Nathan Hammerton who tackled as always well above his weight.