Frustration for Dinno at West Hartlepool

Dinnington Rugby Club v West Hartlepool
Dinnington Rugby Club v West Hartlepool

Dinnington endured a frustrating afternoon at West Hartlepool, with a nightmare journey ending in a 9-3 defeat.

But a losing bonus point was some consolation for the Lodge Lane men, who are taking part in their first ever season of North East One action.

The opening quarter of the game was littered with penalties on both sides.

Hartlepool won one in the third minute but a kick came back off an upright.

Dinnington then kicked to the corner to set up a catch and drive.

The driving maul they set up was collapsed by Hartlepool and the home side were then able to clear.

This passage of play, unknown to Dinnington at the time, would sum up their day.

Fifteen minutes into the game, Dinnington were penalised at a ruck and Hartlepool kicked themselves into the lead.

Dinnington’s response was to drive for the home line but again nothing came from it.

Just past the mid-point of the half Hartlepool had a half break which was quickly stifled by the Dinnington defence but two minutes later the home side moved further ahead with a second penalty again from a silly mistake.

For the rest of the half, Dinnington were on top but although they dominated the lineout and had the upper hand in the scrum, the home defence would not yield.

The tactic for Dinnington in the second half was to keep doing what they were doing and wait for chances to come.

They started the half applying pressure but despite huffing and puffing they were met with a stone wall defence.

Ten minutes into the half, Dinnington drove to the line from a lineout but Will Marshall was held up over the line.

As the half progressed it seemed that if they scored one they would score plenty but Hartlepool’s doggedness kept the home side in front.

And with 10 minutes to go Hartlepool claimed a third penalty giving Dinnington the task of scoring twice if they were to win.

This proved too much of a challenge and two minutes later Dinnington opted to kick the points from a penalty, Chris Williams converting to give Dinnington a losing bonus point so that they did not come away with nothing.

Dinnington’s next league game is on 3rd January 2015 at home to Old Crossleyans.