York Acorn hold on for victory against Myton Warriors

York Press: Joel Johnson Joel Johnson

YORK Acorn ARLC held off a late charge from Myton Warriors to notch an eye-catching 26-24 victory in National Conference League division one.

The fifth-placed Blue and Golds fell behind to their third-placed Thanet Road visitors in the first set of the game.

A kick on the fifth tackle was charged down and regathered by Myton stand-off Nathan Slater, who scored unchallenged and Ash James converted.

After ten minutes, Josh Mortimer made a break and Joel Johnson touched down for their first try.

Slater bagged his second try on 16 minutes James again added the extras.

Adam Endersby was held up over the line but they got their reward on 28 minutes when Johnson made a quick break and the ball was moved wide to centre Gareth Singleton, who crossed for an unconverted try.

From a drop out one minute from half-time Myton man of the match Ben Cartmel muscled his way over to make it 18-8.

After the break, Mortimer again made some hard yards and five minutes in Singleton grabbed his second of the game.

On 53 minutes, Mortimer again ran the ball in hard and a superb offload found scrum-half Ken Shepherd, who scored a fourth try for Acorn.

Eight minutes later Michael Embleton broke the line to set up an opportunity for Ryan Gallacher to touch down.

The lead was extended to 26-18 on 72 minutes, Gallacher again finding space in a tiring defence and he converted.

Myton hit back immediately through Jack Courtney and the kick brought them to within two points, setting up a grandstand finish.

The visitors were twice pulled back for forward passes when tries were begging.

Mortimer was outstanding for Acorn but the man of the match award went to Ken Shepherd who guided the team around the park brilliantly.

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