Chalk and cheese was how Dinnington Rugby Club second team boss Bob Brookes described his side’s performance on Saturday, compared with last week’s win over Newark.
Dinnington went down 55-5 at home to Alnwick II, who arrived late for the fixture after suffering traffic problems en route to Lodge Lane.
The kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes, and it had a negative impact on Dinnington who – having already warmed up – returned to the changing rooms and seemed to have gone off the boil when they came back out.
The hosts never really got going again when the game started properly.
Alnwick, the most northerly club in the English league structure, showed little effect from their long journey as they opened the scoring within five minutes.
And they then went on to scord at regular intervals throughout the half to lead 38-0 at the break.
Dinnington hardly had a look-in but they did not help themselves with some poor defending.
Brookes’ side played a lot better in the second half, although it would have been difficult to play worse, and started to gain the upper hand in the scrums and line outs.
However, Alnwick had not finished and scored again five minutes into the half.
Two further tries before the mid-point of the half moved them 55-0 ahead before Dinnington started to enjoy any success.
Twenty-five minutes into the half, a break by Paul Kraus through several would-be tacklers got Dinnington behind the Alnwick defence.
The ball was moved quickly along the backs for Dale Young to crash over in the corner.
The remainder of the game saw no further scoring.