YORK Acorn breezed into the York & District ARL Cup final with a 50-6 victory over York Lokomotive.

Winger Joel Johnson led the try-scoring with a hat-trick and young full-back Josh Parker was named man of the match as the Blue and Golds eased through their semi-final at Thanet Road.

New Earswick All Blacks and Heworth meet in the other semi next Wednesday, with the final scheduled for the following Wednesday, August 22, at New Earswick.

The Lokos folded their Yorkshire Men's League team this summer but still threw a team together to fulfil their local cup commitments.

They even took the lead early on through veteran Tom Dunmore, while Connor Ryan was their man of the match.

But Acorn, featuring a few fringe first-teamers, then took over, with their try-scorers including Johnson (3), Parker (2), Antony Chilton (2), Jordan Hyde and Ryan Price, Chilton and Parker adding the extras.

Acorn boss Leigh Paul-Rientoul reckoned it was a good workout for his team ahead of their National Conference League division one run-in.

As reported by The Press, they have five games left and need to win the bulk if they are to have any chance of breaking into the play-off places, starting this Saturday with a tough task at third-placed Lock Lane.

Paul-Rientoul said: "It was a bit scrappy in areas but there was some really good attacking play.

"The match gave us chance to work on some things to get ready for Saturday, working on things we needed to correct from last Saturday (a defeat to Pilkington Recs), and overall I was pretty happy."