Bonus point in Ilkley defeat

Dinnington 1st XV v Ilkley at Lodge Lane.
Dinnington 1st XV v Ilkley at Lodge Lane.
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Dinnington completed their run of four games against the North East One top four teams as they fell to a bonus point defeat at Ilkley.

The Lodge Lane side came close to claiming more, before losing 36-24 to their high flying hosts.

Dinnington 1st XV v Ilkley at Lodge Lane.

Dinnington 1st XV v Ilkley at Lodge Lane.

Dinnington won the reverse fixture in November but since then Ilkley have lost only once in 12 games and are putting pressure on leaders Sheffield for automatic promotion.

So the South Yorkshire outfit knew they would be in for a more difficult challenge this time round.

Ilkley had the advantage of a strong wind in the first half and Dinnington struggled to get out of their own half in the opening minutes of the game.

With 10 minutes played the home side took the lead when a switch move in the centres opened the way for a converted try.

Dinnington got themselves into the game but lost possession on two attacks.

They continued to enjoy some success and came close just past the mid-point when forced into touch five metres out.

Two minutes later another break suffered the same outcome.

Both sides then had promising moves which came to nothing.

Five minutes from half time, after enjoying a lot of possession, Dinnington gave the ball away and Ilkley capitalised to score in the corner.

This was a bit of a setback for Dinnington but three minutes later Will Marshall broke through four tackles to get to the line and Jonny West converted.

Ilkley made a strong start to the second half and within five minutes had scored twice.

They threw the ball about, stretching the Dinnington defence, and missed tackles let them in for one try before further confusion in the visitors’ defence let them in for another and a 24-7 lead.

Dinnington rallied and showed some promise but could not turn chances into points.

Just before the mid-point of the half they drove to the home line but were stopped short.

They recycled the ball quickly and West crossed in the corner.

Dinnington were not given a chance to build on this as two minutes later Ilkley charged down a clearance kick and recovered the ball to move 29-12 in front.

Again, Dinnington rallied and had two promising attacks snuffed out before Jayden Kohika slipped through almost untouched with 10 minutes to go.

West converted.

Dinnington then went looking for at least a losing bonus point and were helped when Ilkley had a player sin-binned

However, they failed to capitalise and compounded this by conceding another try.

It looked like Dinnington were going to come away empty-handed but with almost the last play of the game John Sommerville went over in the corner to claim a try-scoring bonus point.

Dinnington have a week off before entertaining Horden on 21st March.

Kick-off at Lodge Lane will be 3pm.