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York Acorn RLFC
Beverley
Sat 26 Jan 14:00 - Cup Full time

Chilton kicks Beverley out of the Cup.

York Acorn reached the second round of the historic Challenge Cup Competition with a solid team display

York Acorn reached the second round of the historic Challenge Cup Competition with a solid team display that saw them eventually overcome a spirited Beverley side 42 - 4.
No one could have envisaged how this game would have finished up after the opening quarter of this tie , because for 20 minutes their was very little to choose between the sides.
Beverley were aided by a favourable penalty count as Acorn were guilty of helping the visitors up the park with some needless penalties.
They took advantage of their extra field position, when their stand off Lewis Straw put in a dangerous kick behind the Acorn try line and centre Luke Swales was on hand to touch down.
The tactical kicking game proved a lethal weapon, but not for the visitors as Acorn had a player who is a master craftsman at this skill.
The first evidence came on 33 minutes, when a clever tactical kick from Acorn stand off Antony Chilton on the 5th and last and was lost by the Beverley defender and this allowed Acorn scrum half Lewis Brown to grab the ball and race in for an unconverted try that tied the scores up at 4 - 4.
The next pivotal kicking moment came on 37 minutes, when Chilton put in a high kick and Acorn centre Ryan Gallacher lept superbly to gather the ball and score a try which Chilton converted to put his side 10 - 4 up.
Right on the stroke of half time , a brilliant off load in the tackle by Acorn MOTM Daryll North was expertly caught by Lewis Lord who in turn fed centre Jordan Potter who then put Callum Worthington over in the corner for an unconverted try that put York's blue & Goods 14 - 4 up at the break.
The second half, saw Acorn increase their lead almost immediately when on 42 mins, quality handling in the Beverley half opened up the visitors defence with ease and winger Jake Calam came off his wing to take the ball and slice through a huge gap in the visitors defensive line to notch a try which Chilton converted to put Acorn 20 - 4 in front.
Chilton the produced his trademark reverse kick that allowed full back Joe Budd to ghost in and dive on the loose ball to score a 52nd minute try, which Chilton converted to put Acorn into a commanding 26 - 4 lead.
If you thought that try was pleasing on the eye , then the next one was pleasing on both eyes and its beginning to be a trade mark try for wing sensation Callum Worthington who on 58 mins beat several players with pace/power and footwork agility to go in from 50m.
Chilton then notched his customary conversion to put the Corn 32 - 4 in front.
On 64 minutes centre Jordan Potter crashed in for an unconverted try that edged Acorn further in front at 36 - 4.
Acorns final score came on 76 minutes, when yet another Chilton tactical kick caused yet more havoc and allowed their evergreen forward Tom Hill to pounced on the loose ball and with Chilton adding the extras , Acorn finished securing an impressive 42 -4 win.
Pick of the Acorn players were prop forwards Daryll North ( MOTM)and Tim Stubbs , whilst loose forward Reece Rushworth just tackled Beverley to a stand still.
All of the Acorn backs were dangerous, especially winger Jake Calam and centre Ryan Gallacher, while for me Chilton was oustanding with his variable kicking game.
Beverley never gave up and were well served by prop forward Alex Calvert and hooker Steve Connolly.

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