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York Acorn battle to the end in National Conference League premier division
9:45pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in Rugby League
RELEGATED York Acorn ARLC bowed out of the National Conference League premier division with a battling display against top side Thatto Heath Crusaders.
There was no sign of the Blue and Golds throwing in the towel as they rounded off their campaign, but the class of the league leaders shield winners told in the end.
Thatto got off to a flyer as winger Ryan Heaton flew in at the corner after an overlap was created on five minutes. Full-back Shaun Quinn converted.
Acorn struck back back on 12 minutes when a Thatto dropped ball saw winger Joel Johnson romp in from 40 metres. Antony Chilton converted.
However, Acorn failed to gather the restart and Quinn joined the attacking line to go over and he was then successful with the extras.
Three minutes later, centre Adam Walsh carved open the visiting defence to stretch the lead and, on 23 minutes, hooker Keiron Maddocks touched down after a kick ahead clearly bounced back off an advertising fence in an horrendous refereeing blunder.
Acorn hit straight back when, after sustained pressure, Ash Robson scored a good try and Chilton converted.
Thatto continued to press and the lively Jack Jones crossed for a double – on 34 minutes, with Quinn converting, and then again on 38 minutes.
Thatto had an 18-point lead at the interval but Acorn gave everything in the final 40 of the season.
Tom Hill crashed over on 42 minutes after a smart Leigh Rientoul pass, Robson bagged his second after he supported some excellent approach play and Dan Barker reduced the gap to six points when he powered over from close range.
Quinn fired over a penalty on 66 minutes to ease the tension for the hosts before Chris Frodsham and Lewis Foster crossed to seal the victory. Quinn added another goal.
Robson took the man of the match award for a gutsy display, closely followed by Joe Budd and Johnson.
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