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York Acorn ARLFC relegated despite draw
9:30am Monday 23rd September 2013 in Rugby League
TOP-FLIGHT status ended for York Acorn ARLFC despite a 20-20 share-all at Hull club Myton.
While Skirlaugh were securing survival at Ince Rose Bridge, Myton and Acorn were slugging it out in a do or die thriller.
But besides sharing the spoils, they also shared the same fate by dropping a division, Acorn’s flirttation with premier football ending after just one campaign.
Myton made all the early running as Acorn and went ahead on three minutes when Kris Walker kicked a penalty before a rehearsed move saw Rory Neilson score a good try to increase the advantage.
Acorn got into the game on 14 minutes when a couple of fast play-the-balls saw Ash Robson go over. Antony Chilton converted.
When Robson kicked ahead and regathered Reece Rushworth was on hand to dive over from the play-the-ball for the hosts.
But Myton struck back on 26 minutes when a Walker cross-field kick was caught on the full by winger Alec Hobman.
On the stroke of half-time a Joe Porter break saw Robson on hand to score a good try to put Acorn 14-10 up.
In the second period, Acorn repelled wave after wave of attacks, taking until the hour before Myton eventually capitalised when prop Richard Dunham went over. Walker converted for a two-point lead.
Seven minutes later it was Dunham again from close range to stretch the lead to six points.
With the blue and golds still flattering to deceive it took until the final minute when Tom Hill fed Ryan Gallacher on his own 20-metre line to respond again.
He kicked ahead, the Myton full-back fumbled and as Gallacher regathered he shot over in the corner. Chilton hit a towering conversion from the sideline to give the visitors a share of the spoils.
Adam Endersby deservedly got the man of the match award, while Nick Speck and Robson were also impressive.
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