Dinnington paid the penalty for not making their pressure pay as they were beaten 27-13 by Pontefract.
The opening exchanges were good for Dinnington as they looked to keep the ball moving with some quick re-cycling which had Pontefract on the back foot. However, they could not break the home defence and it was Pontefract who opened the scoring with a penalty.
This fired Dinnington up, but the home side scored another penalty soon afterwards to go 6-0 ahead.
Dinnington then had a long spell of possession in the home half resulting in a penalty in front of the posts that Connor Brown converted.
Unfortunately, they then spoiled their good work by going to sleep at the restart allowing Pontefract to run in a converted try and although they ended the half on the ascendency, Dinnington still went into half time 13-3 behind.
Dinnington put the pressure on at the start of the second half with the advantage of the breeze but were caught out as Pontefract scored a breakaway try, aided by some missed tackles, to go 17 points clear.
Dinnington responded well to this setback and, having worked the ball through several phases, put Jordan Blakemore in under the posts, which Brown converted.
The tide seemed to be turning Dinnington’s way as minutes later a penalty from Brown got the visitors within one converted try.
Further pressure did not result in points and then, with ten minutes to go, Pontefract broke through to claim another converted try and put the game beyond Dinnington.
The last ten minutes saw Dinnington on top as Pontefract seemed content to try and kill the game off but with play becoming a bit frenetic there were no clear chances created.