Rugby League

Royal Air Force out of Challenge Cup after narrow second round defeat to York Acorn

Watch: The RAF miss out on advancing to the third round of the Challenge Cup.

The Royal Air Force Men's Rugby League team are out of the Challenge Cup after a narrow 10-12 second round defeat to York Acorn at RAF Cranwell.

The RAF were looking to reach the third round of the Challenge Cup for the first time in their history, but their loss to York Acorn means their Challenge Cup run has come to an end. 

The light blues found themselves on the back foot in the first half after two well-taken Acorn tries from Jordan Hyde and George Hunt gave the visitors an 0-8 lead by half-time. 

In the second half, the RAF's Kieren Prescott continued his scoring form, getting to the end of his own chipped kick to half the Acorn advantage at 4-8. 

Acorn however responded to the RAF's push to level the score by running in what turned out to be the winning try moments later through Ryan Gallacher.

The light blues did score again after Nick Slaney dotted the ball over the line, but it wasn't enough to level the scoreboard as the Acorns held onto the lead in the closing stages of the game. 

At the final whistle, the RAF miss out advancing to what would've been a the third round for the light blues, with a 10-12 defeat to their Yorkshire visitors. 

The RAF made it to the second round of the Challenge Cup for the first time in four years after beating Doncaster Toll Bar in the first round. 

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