Deadly Dinnington on cloud nine for Christmas

THAT WINNING SMILE -- from Jonny West, who was among the points' scorers for Dinnington in their win over Northern.
THAT WINNING SMILE -- from Jonny West, who was among the points' scorers for Dinnington in their win over Northern.

A haul of nine tries made it a happy Christmas for Dinnington as they brushed aside Northern in the North East One division of the National League.

The 49-14 victory lifted Dinnington to fifth in the 14-team table and increased confidence that they can go into 2016 in a buoyant mood after a recent blip.

Northern have been in the bottom four all season, but went into the game on the back of two morale-boosting wins and quickly took advantage of missed tackles to take a second-minute lead.

Dinnington came straight back when their forwards set up a driving maul for Garry Woodcock to score, with Jonny West kicking the conversion. However, Northern were still on the up and went back in front when the home side fumbled the ball, presenting a simple scoring opportunity and seven more points.

Once again, Dinnington’s response was almost immediate and, again, a catch and drive brought Woodcock his second try. This set up a short spell of home pressure, which paid off just past the mid-point of the half when yet another catch and drive brought a third try. This time, John Marshall was on hand to touch down to move Dinnington 17-14 ahead.

In the last five minutes of the first half, Dinnington battered the visitors’ line, but found no way through, so had to be content with a three-point lead at the break.

The second period started with both sides exchanging kicks for territory. Northern went close in the first five minutes, only for Dinnington’s defence to hold out an attempted drive for the line before switching to attack.

Pressure on the visitors’ line brought a penalty and put a Northern player in the bin. Within a minute, Dinnington were driving over the line for Ryan Donnelly to score.

The home side kept up the momentum and really began to turn the screw. When they worked the ball through several phases, West was on hand to go in from close range and add the conversion.

More attacking led to Marshall breaking from the base of a ruck to claim his second try, and the last quarter of an hour was all Dinnington as they got on top in every area. A catch and drive from the 22 gave Tom Doughty a try before a break by Chris Williams opened the way for Rob Leivars.

Five minutes from time, the scoring was completed as the backs created an overlap, which was finished off by Awly Trueman.