York Acorn eyeing third win on trot

York Press: Veteran Andy Gargan, whose experience could be important if he plays for Acorn against lowly Millom Veteran Andy Gargan, whose experience could be important if he plays for Acorn against lowly Millom

YORK ACORN ARLC boss Scott Rhodes is confident his side can come up with the goods as they look to secure their third straight league victory at home to bottom side Millom.

Acorn go into the match on the back of two National Conference League division one wins over Dewsbury Celtic and Ince Rose Bridge, alongside a victory in the York & District Community Cup final, won by the club's ‘A’ team.

Rhodes is wary of the dangers their Cumbrian foes pose, with the visitors picking up their only points of their campaign in their last match against fifth-place Milford Marlins, but he feels his team will be too strong - if they perform.

“The league is all over the place," he said, alluding to inconsistencies in line-ups and results so far. "We've already beaten Millom, Millom beat Milford and Milford beat us, but that’s summer rugby. Because of holidays, stag dos and work, one week you could have your strongest team out then be carrying a team the next week.

“But our best form has been at home and we have to put that into the game. We have got to perform because the last time we played them, it was 16 apiece going into the last quarter so I know it is going to be tough.”

Despite not having a league fixture for nearly four weeks, the Acorn coach dismisses the idea rustiness will affect his players.

He will be without experienced pair Michael Embleton and Tom Hill, who are both unavailable, but fellow veteran Andy Gargan and under-18s player Jack Byrnes are likely to come in.

He added: “Five or six players had a run-out last week (in the 'A' team) and we have been training really well and It’s nice to have a break sometimes. The ‘A’ side had a good win and a couple of them could come in so I have plenty to choose from.”

York Acorn ‘A’ travel to bottom side Bramley Buffalos in the Yorkshire Men’s League premier division on Saturday.

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