Stags battle for valuable point

MIRFIELD Stags overturned a first-half deficit to clinch a vital point against York Acorn and in doing so maintained their unbeaten record against their North Yorkshire rivals in the Yorkshire Men’s League Premier Division.

The Stags, who have yet to find top form this season, put their stamp on first-half proceedings within eight minutes of the action getting underway, scoring an early try through Harry Burgess following good work from the returning Braden Hunter, who has recently arrived back from a four-week tour of Jamaica with the BARLA Great Britain Under-23s.

Richard Silverwood’s men soon doubled their advantage as Hunter himself touched down in the corner.

York battled back, however, racing over for back-to-back tries in quick succession.

They scored again on the half-hour to ensure an interval advantage, which almost proved the difference in North Yorkshire.

A fortunate bounce allowed the home side to make it three unanswered tries seven minutes into the second half, which both teams started slowly.

Mirfield eventually responded, crossing for a vital try beneath the uprights which Ross Hayden improved.

The scores were level at 18-18 as the game entered its final seven minutes.

It resulted in a drop-goal shootout, but neither Mirfield or York could get one between the uprights before the referee signalled for full-time.

Mirfield travel to play West Bowling tomorrow (Saturday June 25, 2.30pm).

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