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Defeat for York Acorn ARLC in Forty-20 cup
11:57am Tuesday 19th March 2013 in Rugby League
YORK Acorn ARLC ‘A’ suffered an agonising last-gasp defeat at home to Oulton ‘A’ in the Yorkshire Men’s League Forty-20 Cup.
The Blue and Golds’ second-string went down 40-38 at Thanet Road after the visitors scored a winning converted try in the 78th minute of a see-saw contest.
There was never more than a converted score between the sides in a terrific clash, Tom Lunn opening the scoring for Oulton, Luke Richardson goaling.
Kevin Brayshaw and Thomas Mackley crossed for Acorn and Antony Chilton added the extras to the first try for a 10-6 lead.
Ryan Laycock’s 13th-minute touchdown levelled for Oulton before Acorn’s Lewis Lord and Raiders winger Jamie Bell swapped converted scores.
The sides could not be separated at half-time, going in at 22-22 after Acorn’s Johnny Waldron and Oulton’s Bell again went in for tries, both goaled.
Steven Waldron put the home side ahead in the 50th minute, but prop Jamie Chappell replied and Richardson goaled to edge the visitors back in front.
Johnny Waldron’s second, plus Chilton’s goal, gave the Blue and Golds the advantage again just after the hour, but Aiden Bowden responded immediately and Richardson’s goal made it 34-32.
The hosts appeared to have snatched it ten minutes from time when Callum Hannigan went over, with Chilton landing his fifth goal.
However, Bell had the final say after chasing a kick to the posts and Richardson’s decisive sixth conversion proved the difference.
New Earswick All Blacks saw their game at home to Keighley postponed in the Pennine League championship.
There was no game in division three for Selby Warriors, but the club’s ‘A’ team were in action at home to Cowling Harlequins in division seven, losing 34-28.