Town brought back to earth with a 1-0 loss

Dinnington Town (black/yellow) v Dronfield Town (blue) at Phoenix Park
Dinnington Town (black/yellow) v Dronfield Town (blue) at Phoenix Park
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After the euphoria of victory in their last home game, Dinnington Town were brought back to earth with a narrow defeat by long-time rivals Clipstone.

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Town welcomed new signing Nick Owen but were without Grant Allott, Jo Jo Louey and Ivan Ya Ya Myala through injury.

They also had to contend with the news that their ground had been broken into.

The visitors had the best of the play in the early stages of a scrappy game and home keeper Chris Gill needed to be at his best to deny them.

In the end, the result hinged on two key decisions by the referee’s assistant, both of which Town claimed were incorrect.

The first came on 17 minutes when Luke Weaver fouled Martin Wade, the referee’s assistant flagging for a foul on Wade on the edge of the penalty area, when most in the ground thought it was well inside the area.

The resulting free-kick from Liam Cartledge sailed over the bar.

Town then had several good chances to take the lead following swift counter attacking play which found them outnumbering the Clipstone defence, but they failed to make the most of these opportunities.

The turning point in the game came two minutes into the second half when Danny Hoyland was adjudged to have tripped Kieran Watson.

While it was debatable whether it was a foul, the decision that it was inside the area was greeted with disbelief by both sets of supporters.

Rob Paling duly dispatched the resulting penalty to give Clipstone a lead that they would hang on to for the rest of the game.

It was also notable that Hoyland was not booked for his tackle, a decision which was even more puzzling when the game was littered with bookings for minor offences.

The only other incident of note was a long clearance by visitors keeper Webster which had to be pushed over the bar by Gill.

On Saturday Town make the short trip to Teversal but are at home the following Tuesday 4th March against Yorkshire Amateur (7.45 pm).

DTFC: Gill, Fairweather, Hoyland, Flannery, Ramsden, Cartledge, Read, Roper, Wade, Owen, Elliot. Subs: Reid, Slew, Taylor, Fernandes.