Dinnington’s stuttering start to the season continued as a cruel twist of fate, late in the game, saw them go down to their third defeat of the season after losing 25-21 to give Malton their first victory.
Malton attacked strongly from the kick-off but Dinnington’s defence held them out before winning a penalty to clear the danger.
Dinnington then went on the attack themselves but failed to control their possession when it mattered.
Fifteen minutes into the half, Malton kicked play into the hone twenty-two but wasted a chance with a knock-on.
However, they kept the pressure on and won a penalty in front of the posts to kick themselves into a 3-0 lead as the mid-point of the half arrived.
A penalty to Dinnington gave the home side the chance to come straight back and, after peppering the Malton line, they opted to take the points and Jonny West levelled the scores.
Malton’s response was immediate as they came close to scoring twice in close succession before converting a pushover try into seven points for a 10-3 lead. Further attacks by the visitors looked likely to extend the lead but Dinnington defended well and in the final minute of the half the tables were turned as the home side kicked a penalty to the corner to try to set up a catch and drive.
Things went awry as Dinnington lost the lineout but they stole the ball back and won a penalty in front of the posts. West converted to leave Dinnington trailing 10-6 at the break.
A string of penalties at the start of the second half allowed Dinnington to put the pressure on and six minutes into the half they took the lead for the first time.
A quick tap and go set up phases by the forwards which eventually set up West to score out wide and move Dinnington 11-10 ahead.
Malton came close to replying, only to knock-on, but Dinnington were able to keep their momentum and fifteen minutes into the half they drove for the line and, after being held up short, a short pass to Ollie Rodgers left him with the simple task of crashing through and touching down.
West’s conversion moved Dinnington 18-10 ahead and seemingly on their way to victory.
However, less than five minutes later they let Malton back in as they were caught out by some slick handling which saw the visitors scoring under the posts to cut the lead back to one point. Soon afterwards, Dinnington had a player sent to the bin, not sure what for, but they very nearly scored again only to be held up over the line.
Malton failed to find touch with their clearance and when Dinnington ran the ball back they won a penalty in front of the posts which West converted.
Dinnington were then looking to consolidate their lead while a man down but with two of the ten minutes left Malton made the extra man count to score an unconverted try and lead 22-21. Back at full strength Dinnington were straight on the attack but a catch and drive was stopped before they were awarded a penalty with four minutes to go that would have probably won them the game.
However, the kick was off target and when a Dinnington player inadvertently touched the ball from the resultant twenty-two dropout as it went into touch it gave Malton one last attacking chance. The visitors set up a catch and drive, winning a penalty, and with one minute to go Malton kicked themselves into a four point lead and gave Dinnington no time to reply.