Dinnington RUFC bounced back from the previous week’s defeat with a 26-17 victory over Wheatley Hills.
But it was not the best of performances and for the second home game in a row they had to play much of the second half a man short.
However, it did extend their unbeaten run against the Doncaster side to four games and moved them up to fourth in the table.
Dinnington kicked off with the elements and, after a few tit-for-tat kicks in the early exchanges, began to dominate.
An early break through the centres came to nought as the ball went into touch and then, after a penalty kick to the corner, a catch and drive came to a halt when the ball was spilled short of the line.
Further pressure saw Dinnington held up over the line but they then lost the scrum and Wheatley were able to clear.
However, Dinnington came straight back and Michael Leitch started and finished a move by scoring under the posts, Jonny West converting.
The advantage was almost immediately given away as Wheatley went on the attack but, fortunately for the home side, the ball went into touch.
Dinnington were soon back on top but they were a bit sluggish knocking on or losing the ball in the tackle.
A couple of penalties brought Wheatley a warning and three minutes later a yellow card. Dinnington kicked to the corner but were held up again and then they lost the ball at the scrum allowing Wheatley to escape.
This was particularly galling for the home side as they dominated at the scrum in other parts of the field.
Wheatley got back to full strength without conceding any points, but four minutes before half-time Dinnington finally turned all their pressure into points as a catch and drive came to fruition with Jalan Farris scoring in the corner.
In the final minute of the half, Wheatley attempted a kick at goal but it was off target and Dinnington went into the break with a 12-0 lead which should have been much more.
Wheatley made a strong start to the second half and twice came close to scoring in the opening minutes as they first lost the ball close in and then knocked on trying to intercept as Dinnington attempted to break out.
Ten minutes into the half, things became difficult for the home side as a melee broke after the ball had been bundled into touch and a red card was produced.
Wheatley made the most of their advantage to create an overlap and score in the corner with 15 minutes of the half played.
A kick over the top minutes later saw Wheatley waste a chance with a knock-on but they then lost a player to the bin as they were penalised at the scrum.
Dinnington kicked to the corner, won another penalty and then a quick tap saw West scooting over for a try which he converted.
Dinnington then enjoyed a spell of dominance and five minutes later skipper Matthew Starr broke through before putting Farris in under the posts, giving West a straightforward kick and the home side a 26-5 lead.
As the game went into its final 10 minutes, Wheatley started to throw everything at the home defence and scored close to the posts from close in to cut the lead.
Minutes later they drove over again, this also from close range, but the conversion was missed leaving Dinnington two scores clear.
Dinnington had to be alert from the restart as Wheatley kicked over the top, but they dealt with the danger only to give away a penalty and another attacking opportunity to the visitors.
Wheatley tried to drive over again but were held up and then tried to go wide but knocked on. Dinnington won the scrum, cleared their lines and the final whistle followed soon afterwards.
Tomorrow, Dinnington travel to Percy Park.
Dinnington seconds’ disappointing start to the season continued as, after a close first half, they let the game get away from them in the second 40 minutes and lost 46-6 at Wheatley Hill seconds.
Wheatley made a strong start to the game, using their bigger, heavier pack to put the pressure on. Dinnington coped with these early salvoes but played too much of the game inside their own half, and it was no surprise when the home side took a 7-0 lead.
Dinnington staged a response and the first time they got into the home half, Connor Brown slotted over penalty.
However, they were unable to build on this and allowed Wheatley to reply with a penalty and another converted try to go 15-3 ahead.
As the half came to a close Dinnington got themselves back into the game, finishing the half on the up and setting themselves up for the second half.
Dinnington applied the early pressure in the second half but paid the penalty for some poor decision making.
This meant they lost the chance to cut the home lead before the Wheatley centres started to come to the fore with some incisive running. Dinnington were given a bit of a lift when Wheatley had a player sin-binned for a high tackle, but all it brought them was another Brown penalty.
As the game went into its final quarter injuries forced Dinnington into changes and some avoidable errors, allowed Wheatley in for two quick tries.
The game then quickly got away from the visitors as further tries from the home side stretched their lead into a comfortable victory.
Dinnington thirds produced a performance they wish they could bottle and take with them to every game as they put Creswell Crusaders to the sword from the first minute to the last with a 50-0 away win.
There were only two minutes on the clock as Liam Parry raced in for the first try, converted by David Bell, and three minutes later Jack Sigsworth also went over to put Dinnington 12-0 ahead. The Dinnington pack got the upper hand on their counterparts from the start and when the ball found its way to the backs they were equally dominant.
Ten minutes into the half Sigsworth crossed for his second try which was quickly followed by a try from Oliver Williamson which Dean McAulay converted.
Creswell were given little opportunity to think about attacking let alone put anything into practice and just past the mid-point of the half Arron Kite claimed Dinnington’s fifth try of the half.
A serious injury to a home player brought the first half to an early close, reducing the game to 30 minutes each way.
Creswell were given little respite in the second half as Parry went in for his second try within five minutes, Bell converting.
Again the Dinnington pack had the home side under the cosh, giving the backs plenty of opportunity to attack.
However, their dominance only brought two more tries as Kite claimed his second and Parry his third. Bell and McAulay added one more conversion each.
Close to the end of the game Creswell finally had Dinnington under pressure, but the visitors were determined to keep their clean sheet and some fierce defending kept the home side out.