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Relegated York Acorn end home campaign on a high in National Conference League
11:00am Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
RELEGATED York Acorn ARLC ended their home campaign with a superb 56-16 victory over mid-table East Hull in the National Conference League premier division.
Playing a brand of rugby league that – over the course of the season – could have kept them in the top flight, the Blue and Golds ran in nine scintillating tries at Thanet Road.
Easts were out of the traps quickly and led 10-0 after 15 minutes as Lee Brown and Louis Brown both crossed, Carl Puckering adding a conversion.
Acorn got into their stride on 18 minutes when Joe Budd fielded an East Hull kick. After creating the gap, he gave the supporting Leigh Rientoul a 70-metre race to the line. Ryan Gallacher converted.
Four minutes later, a Nick Speck burst up the middle sent Budd on his way to another spectacular long-range effort, Gallacher again converting.
East Hull continued to press and their efforts were rewarded when second row Ryan Steen strolled through an enormous gap in the Acorn defence on 27 minutes. Puckering added the conversion.
Acorn hit back on 35 minutes when Mike Embleton stole the ball one on one in a tackle and won a foot race to the line to crash over in the corner.
With regular kicker Antony Chilton now on the field, he duly obliged from the side line.
Chilton slotted over a penalty on 38 minutes to give the Blue and Golds a four-point interval lead.
The first score in the second half was always going to be vital and Acorn got it when Arran Thompson and Speck combined to give Rientoul another 50-metre race to the line. Chilton had an easy conversion.
Acorn then ran riot, scoring 36 unanswered second half points.
Further tries came from Thompson, another spectacular effort from Speck, Reece Rushworth, a second from Embleton, and Joel Johnson rounded off the rout.
Chilton was red hot with the boot on each occasion.
Adam Endersby took the man of the man award but Speck was superb, closely followed by Thompson and Budd in an excellent display.
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