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York Acorn look to finish home campaign on a high
SCOTT RHODES wants his York Acorn ARLC side to finish their home campaign on a high to bolster plans for an immediate return to amateur rugby league’s top table next year.
A draw at Myton last week relegated Acorn from the National Conference League premier division with two games to go, starting with Saturday’s visit of East Hull (2.30pm).
Head coach Rhodes stopped short of saying the club were now turning attentions to 2014 by blooding youngsters – arguing that is what they have had to do all year – but he did say he wanted victory “for the people who watch every week” and to boost belief in the ranks.
“It’s disappointing,” he said of relegation. “It’s been a difficult year with injuries and unavailability but the players who’ve come in have worked their socks off.
“I knew when I came into Acorn we were looking at the bigger picture with young players coming through. It’s not all bad. We’ve had some good games but just haven’t been consistent.
“A few senior players it seems might be on the way out with them being unavailable quite a bit.
“I’ve used about 40 players this year, which is unheard of really, and there are a lot of young players. There must have been only four or five over 25 in the majority of games, and some young lads have played all year after coming through the under-18s. Harry Bromwich, Ash Robson and Lewis Lord at 17 years old – it’s been great for them.
“We’ve learned some good lessons which stands us in good stead for next year. We have to build to come back up.”
Arran Thompson, Joel Johnson, Lord, Jordan Hyde and big Danny Caldwell should all be back this weekend after unavailability.
“It’s important we win,” added Rhodes. “We have a tough one at Thatto Heath in a fortnight so we want to finish at home on a high.”
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