York Acorn snatch draw from jaws of Sharks defeat

York Acorn snatch draw from jaws of Sharks defeat

York Acorn snatch draw from jaws of Sharks defeat

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ANTONY CHILTON kicked a last-gasp penalty as York Acorn ARLC snatched a 24-24 draw with Shaw Cross Sharks in National Conference League division one.

The sides were locked at 12-12 at half-time at Thanet Road and they could not be separated in the second half as the lead changed hands before the Blue and Golds' late leveller.

The opening score came on 24 minutes, Shaw Cross prop Andrew Burland crashing over and Danny Flowers converting.

Five minutes later, Acorn’s Michael Embleton broke the defensive line and a Nick Speck kick was booted on by Tim Elliott, who pounced on the ball for a try, and Chilton goaled.

Shaw Cross regained the lead four minutes from the break with a try by winger Jack Gledhill, converted by Flowers.

Right on half-time, Shaw Cross dropped the ball five metres from their own line on the first tackle and crossed. Chilton added the extras.

The hosts took the lead for the first time early in the second period, Chilton kicking a penalty deep into Sharks territory before a superb delayed pass sent Jordan Myres in. Chilton again converted.

The Shaw Cross response was devastating. Full-back Darren Olpherts gathered the restart and beat the entire Acorn team to score under the posts, with Flowers levelling.

Joe Porter's unconverted try put Acorn back in front on 60 minutes but Olpherts ran 80 metres to score under the posts and Flowers goaled to give his side a two-point lead with three minutes to play.

Shaw Cross were caught offside and Chilton hit an upright with his 40-metre penalty attempt.

The final set of the game went to Acorn and Shaw Cross gave away a penalty for interference in the tackle and Chilton slotted over the kick from 40 metres.

Adam Speck impressed on his first-team debut, but the man of the match award went to Endersby, who played 80 minutes and took a drive in every set.

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