ACKWORTH Jaguars bounced back from the previous week’s shock defeat against bottom side Westgate with a much improved performance in a 20-19 loss at Pennine League Division One East leaders New Earswick.
With Barnett, Barraclough, Parish and Richardson back after missing the Westgate game, Jaguars had more attacking options and scored some classy tries.
New Earswick opened the scoring after a missed tackle on half way but Ackworth quickly replied with a magnificent try when great work by Paul Downey, Kyle Jarrett, Matt Steadman and Jack Barraclough saw Steadman crash over.
Ackworth’s Mark Howse made numerous strong drives and his fellow prop Dale Campbell also gave a confident display after scoring his first ever try the previous week.
New Earswick scored again but their lead was shortlived because Russ Brooke pounced on a knock on and outpaced the cover to score from half way. Danny Parish kicked his second conversion.
Jaguars finished the first half well on top, with Parish pinning the home side back with long kicks.
Substitute props Dean Shepherd and Clifton Richardson both made quick impacts, with Richardson going close to scoring.
A slow start to the second half cost Ackworth when the home side regained the lead with another try out wide and a controversial conversion.
Parish continued to pin New Earswick in their own half with deep kicks, and after strong defence forced a mistake, Barnett side stepped through to release Max Horobin (pictured) who powered over for a try.
Parish put Jaguars back ahead with a drop goal and then added a superb long range penalty goal.
Ackworth dealt with everything New Earswick throw at them but with time running out the home side got a hotly disputed winning score.
Ackworth had a last-minute chance but the final pass went astray.
Parish edged hard working Howse for Ackworth’s MOM award. Horobin topped the tackle count and Steadman and Barnett gave good support.