Stags beat York to go top

Stags beat York to go top

MIRFIELD Stags have moved top of Yorkshire Men’s League Division One after recording a hard-fought 26-20 victory over York Acorn A.

The hosts opened the scoring inside three minutes when Robbie Hunter-Paul followed up a devastating Wayne Jowett charge by stepping his way over the line.

The visitors hit back immediately, running the ball on the last play and creating the space for centre Joel Johnson to cross out wide. Scrum-half Jake Calam failed to add the extras and York trailed 6-4.

The game’s fast start continued and the Stags soon extended their advantage after an excellent miss-pass from stand-off Michael Piper found Hayden who glided over, and he converted his own score.

York showed why they had yet to lose a game in 2015, however, scoring back-to-back tries to take a 16-12 lead.

First, winger Luke Swales crossed in the corner before back-rower Karl Harton took advantage of an overlap and burst over to give his side the lead.

With five minutes to play in the half, the visitors made a costly error bringing the ball away from their own line and Mirfield made them pay.

Front-rower Ben Mather intercepted a pass and the Stags hastily moved the ball wide to centre Elliot Smith, who crashed over to give his side the upper hand going into half-time.

Ten minutes into the second half York regained the lead when a perfectly weighted cross-kick dropped into the arms of winger Jamie Stewart.

The Stags piled on the pressure and with less than a quarter of an hour to play finally breached the stubborn visitorsí strong defensive line when prop Jowett powered over from close range.

But visitors Acorn refused to lie down as they threw everything they had at the Stags but a penalty gifted Hayden the chance to extend the lead to six points, which he took with ease, and that score sealed Mirfield’s victory.

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