A LATE drop goal condemned York Acorn ARLFC to the narrowest of defeats at Ince Rosebridge in National Conference division one.

Scrum-half Ryan Baker got the one-pointer which sealed a 15-14 win for promotion hunting Rosebridge in what was a hard fought encounter where Acorn were unlucky to come away with a share of the spoils.

A Kyle Palmer penalty gave Acorn the lead ten minutes in but Rosebridge took the lead seven minutes later when Baker crossed - Martin Packinghan's conversion giving the home side a 6-2 lead.

A second Palmer penalty reduced the gap 26 minutes into the first-half but Ince Rosebridge went into the break with a 10-4 lead after left-wing Simon Rock went over.

Eight minutes into the second-half, Acorn were level thanks to a try from full-back Matt Embleton and a conversion from Palmer.

Second row Kevin Moran looked to have won it for the home side when he restored Rosebridge's lead with a try as time was running out but Acorn struck back virtually immediately through Embleton - but were unable to add the winning conversion.

And that allowed Baker to break the Blue and Golds hearts with his late drop kick when the scores were locked at 14-14.