Dinno men are a point from a top two finish

Dinnington Rugby Club (red shirts) v Bridlington
Dinnington Rugby Club (red shirts) v Bridlington

Dinnington Rugby Club are just a point away from a top two finish in Yorkshire One, after a 36-10 victory at Heath – their 11th win in a row.

Heath has not been a happy hunting ground for the Lodge Lane men, but they secure a first league triumph there since September 1999.

Dinnington made a good start and with seven minutes played a catch and drive was held short but Ryan Donnelly broke free to score and Jonny West added the conversion.

But when the ball shot out of the back of a scrum, the home scrum-half reactedquickest to put Heath back on level ter

Ten minutes before half time, Dinnington came under pressure as they began to concede avoidable penalties and after repeated infringements, had a player sent to the bin.

Heath took the opportunity to kick themselves into a 10-7 lead.

This seemed to be the wake-up call Dinnington needed and a catch and drive was stopped just short of the line but, on the stroke of half-time, Matthew Starr broke clear and offloaded to Marlon Miller for a try by the posts.

West added the conversion for a 14-10 lead at the break.

When Dinnington got back to full strength they came to the fore.

Six minutes into the half, West was stopped a metre short but John Stimpson was backing up and he made the short yard for a try.

Five minutes later, a chip over the top was hacked on and West out-paced the home defence to score.

He followed with a conversion to put Dinnington 26-10 ahead and in possession of the try bonus point they were looking for.

They made sure of victory with two more tries, in three minutes, just past the mid-point of the half.

The first came from Stimpson who stormed through to claim his second of the game and then, after a good break by Chris Williams, Miller passed on to Sam Palmer who scored in the corner and rounded off the afternoon’s scoring.

On Saturday Dinnington take on Ilkley at Lodge Lane in what could be the title decider.

Victory for Dinnington would leave their fate in their own hands; anything else would require Ilkley to slip up elsewhere.

A big crowd is expected for the 3pm kick-off.