Defensive display keeps Dinnington undefeated

Dinnington v Pocklington
Dinnington v Pocklington

An impressive defensive display by 14-man Dinnington ensured they stayed top of North East One and sent Pocklington home defeated.

The Lodge Lane side played the last half hour a man down after a player was red carded, but they still ran out 13-6 winners to keep their unbeaten record intact.

Pocklington came into the game in third place and knew a victory would move them back to the top, but it was Dinnington who got off to the better start as Jonny West kicked them into the lead with a penalty in the opening minute.

It was clear, early on, that both defences were going to be hard to breach and this set up a spell of mid-field action with both attacks being quickly suppressed.

Ten minutes into the game, Pocklington managed to find a gap and won a penalty but the kick at goal was off target.

This was the start of a period of pressure by the visitors but Dinnington’s defence stood firm.

Just before the mid-point of the half, Dinnington managed a break themselves and when they won a penalty, West was on target to put them 6-0 ahead.

Now it was Dinnington’s turn to enjoy a period of pressure but they too found their opponent’s defence in resolute mood.

Play moved back into mid-field for a time but in the closing minutes of the half both sides came close to scoring.

Firstly, Dinnington were unlucky when a kick through bounced unfavourably as they followed it up and in the last minute Pocklington attempted a catch and drive from a lineout but lost control of the ball and the home side cleared to touch.

Pocklington came out strongly at the start of the second half putting Dinnington’s defence under some intense pressure.

The visitors cut the deficit with a penalty after two minutes and then, after further pressure, seemed to have been handed the game when, 10 minutes into the half, Dinnington had a player sent off.

Pocklington levelled with the resultant penalty.

The home side’s response was to come out on the attack and within five minutes of going a man down they were in the lead.

A quick tap-and-go from a penalty by Ryan Donnelly caught the visitors out and Tyle Stimpson was on hand to help the ball onto Chris Williams for a try.

West landed the conversion.

Dinnington continued to attack and came close with another break but a loose pass wasted the chance.

As the game went into its final quarter, Pocklington started to turn the screw and Dinnington’s defence were asked some stern questions all answered with some aggressive tackling.

Pocklington should have made more of the chances they created but Dinnington were determined to maintain their unbeaten start.

The visitors declined a penalty kick in front of the posts to go for a try with two minutes to go but a catch and drive was stopped and in the final seconds a quickly taken penalty also failed to get through as Dinnington hung on.

This was an excellent defensive display by Dinnington and they might have to repeat it when they travel to Percy Park, Tynemouth, for their next game.