10:09am Monday 6th May 2013
YORK Acorn ARLC are now the only side without a win in the National Conference League premier division after a 23-16 defeat at fellow strugglers Skirlaugh.
The Blue and Golds have lost all eight of their fixtures since returning to the top flight, while Skirlaugh join Myton Warriors on two points.
The visitors got off to a great start when, after two minutes, Alan Willetts raced 40 yards on the angle go over after Danny Caldwell had created a gap with a superb pass.
Skirlaugh hit back on seven minutes when prop Dave Fletcher crashed over from close range and centre Jason Bell added the conversion.
On 12 minutes, Skirlaugh created a good overlap which saw winger Alex Foster go over in the corner.
Ex-York City Knights favourite James Haynes crossed after some slack Acorn defence on 20 minutes. Again Bell converted.
Acorn got back into it on 22 minutes when a break down the left-hand side saw Tom Hill crash over. Antony Chilton kicked an excellent touchline conversion.
With the last play of the first half, home stand-off Chris Brown slotted a field goal for a seven-point half-time lead.
The second half was a tight affair, with Acorn struggling for field position despite playing with the wind.
Skirlaugh stretched the lead on 54 when Fletcher barged over for his second of the afternoon. Bell again added the extras.
With both sides struggling to gain the upperhand, Acorn man of the match Joe Porter scrambled over for a good try, goaled by Chilton.
Both sides continued to press, but there was nothing left in the tank for Acorn as time ran out.
Ash Robson was another stand-out player for Acorn, along with Jordan Hyde and Matthew Woods.
Meanwhile, Heworth were beaten 56-12 at runaway division three leaders Kells, who have won all nine of their fixtures.
The Villagers were level at 6-6 on 15 minutes after a try by full-back Christian Pollock, laid on by coach Tim Rumford and Chris Varley.
Pollock also converted.
Kells pulled away to lead 30-6 at the break and extended that to 42-6 before Heworth man of the match Adam Jones supplied a pass for Jonny Payne to cross.
Pollock added the extras.
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