North East One
Dinnington’s hopes of recording an historic victory failed to materialise as too many errors prevented them from really threatening Sheffield.
The 22-0 defeat saw Dinnington record a blank scoresheet for the first time in over three and a half years, in a game that featured several losses of discipline from each side.
Dinnington played with the elements in the first half and made a bright start, but a knock-on and then a couple of penalties allowed Sheffield to clear the danger.
The visitors broke down the centre but Dinnington’s defence held them up short and then cleared the danger after stealing the ball in a lineout.
The game quickly got into a pattern of errors or penalties with nearly every breakdown bringing one or the other, on both sides.
Twelve minutes into the game, Dinnington had an opportunity to take the lead but a penalty kick failed to reach its target.
Sheffield responded with a spell of pressure but Dinnington twice turned the ball over to clear the danger.
The home side were given an advantage when Sheffield had a player binned for a late tackle, 15 minutes before half time, but they could not make the most of a couple of chances they created.
Back at full strength, Sheffield came on the attack and Dinnington had to be on guard to bundle their winger into touch.
However, they made a mess of the lineout and from the resultant scrum Sheffield capitalised on a gap in the defence to open the scoring with an unconverted try.
In the final five minutes of the half, Dinnington went on the attack but lost possession twice and were nearly caught out by an interception but Sheffield knocked-on.
If that had been a warning, then Dinnington did not heed it because four minutes into the second half, Sheffield intercepted again, in centre field, and this time their number eight ran in under the posts to put the visitors 12-0 ahead.
Soon afterwards, a touchline melee saw Dinnington have a player sent to the bin but this then set up their best period of play as they put pressure on the Sheffield defence.
Unfortunately, they were unable to convert pressure into points and just past the mid-point of the half Sheffield killed the game off with their third try.
Dinnington never gave up but handling errors and penalties at breakdowns saw promising efforts come to nought and allowed Sheffield to clear.
A minute from time Sheffield had another player binned and Dinnington looked for a consolation try by running the ball but a knock-on wasted the chance.
With the final play of the game, Sheffield made a break and won a penalty after a late challenge saw Dinnington lose a player to the bin.
The visitors opted to take the kick and wrap up a 22-0 victory.
Sheffield sit top of the North East One table, three points ahead of Dinnington after eight games.
After an excellent start to the season, the last two weeks have been a bit disappointing for Dinnington, especially this result.
They have dropped down to third in the division but will look to bounce back when they travel to Rochdale for their next game.