Route 66 to victory for Dinnington

Dinnington RUFC (yellow/blue hoops) v Acklam
Dinnington RUFC (yellow/blue hoops) v Acklam
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Dinnington RUFC (yellow/blue hoops) v Acklam

Dinnington RUFC (yellow/blue hoops) v Acklam

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Dinnington heaped more misery on Acklam as they ran in 10 tries to record their second victory of the season.

Acklam normally play in Durham and Northumberland One, but have been moved across to Yorkshire One to even up the numbers and had lost their previous three games coming into this fixture, two of them heavy away defeats.

However, Dinnington knew they could not be complacent.

Dinnington RUFC (yellow/blue hoops) v Acklam

Dinnington RUFC (yellow/blue hoops) v Acklam

On one of those days when the wind blows uphill, a fact worth reporting in itself, Dinnington were invited to play with the slope in the first half.

From their own kick-off, the forwards gathered the ball and worked it through several phases before releasing the backs. A break by Jonny West opened up the way for Tyle Stimpson to score with only two minutes on the clock. West converted.

Dinnington continued to dominate and moved a maul 40 metres from a lineout before Acklam gave away a penalty.

Dinnington went for touch and then set up a catch and drive for Danny Pilkington to score. West converted again and Dinnington led 14-0 after five minutes.

Dinnington RUFC (yellow/blue hoops) v Acklam

Dinnington RUFC (yellow/blue hoops) v Acklam

With 12 minutes played Acklam had a player binned for repeated infringements but Dinnington struggled to take advantage as they knocked on at a five metre scrum and, after good approach work, lost the ball in rucks twice more.

Another driving maul was brought down on the visitors’ line and from the ensuing scrum prop Paul Briggs burst through to score after the initial charge had been stopped. West converted.

Dinnington scored again soon afterwards when Will Marshall made a break and then the ball was moved through hands for Chris Williams to score, West converting once more.

As the half progressed, Acklam were slowing having more periods of threatening attacks and they advanced to the Dinnington five-metre line only to be turned over in a scrum.

Moments later, Dinnington produced a lovely flowing move from their own 10 metre line to put Tom Doughty over in the corner.

Again, Acklam came on the attack but they spilled the ball in the home twenty-two and Dinnington kicked through, won the chase and Stimpson went in for his second try. West converted to put Dinnington 40-0 ahead.

In the opening fifteen minutes of the second half, Dinnington had several chances to score but knocked on each time, but it was Acklam who opened the scoring in the second half when they won a penalty close to the home line, took it quickly and got over for a converted try.

With a sizeable lead there was no need for Dinnington to panic but they could not afford to give the visitors any glimmer of hope. Four tries in the next 10 minutes saw to that.

A good move along the backs put David Longstaffe over in the corner and then a break from their own 22 saw good interplay between forwards and backs before Aaron Hartley scored.

Dinnington were momentarily under pressure at a five metre scrum but a break by Stimpson and kick ahead was collected by Williams for his second try.

Almost immediately from a line out West side stepped into a gap and ran from half way to score.

He added the conversion to this try and two others to put Dinnington on course for a three-figure score.

However, Acklam showed that they were not prepared to give up and, again, came close to crossing the home line only to be held up in the act of scoring.

Dinnington had further chances themselves but good defence kept them out and the last 15 minutes of the game saw no further scoring.

Dinnington now have back-to-back trips to the East Coast starting with a visit to Bridlington.