Too many mistakes, in both attack and defence, by Dinnington II meant that they were never in a position to push for a victory and were beaten 15-5 by Malton.
The teams were evenly matched throughout the first half with both enjoying brief spells of pressure as play move from end-to—end.
Dinnington made the stronger start and kept play in the Malton half for long periods but once Malton started to get on top in the scrums they were able to get on the attack themselves.
This then caused Dinnington to start to make mistakes and resulted in a player visiting the sin bin. However, before then Dinnington had taken the lead as good play created space and they shipped the ball wide for James Marsden to score in the corner.
Malton’s reply, aided by the extra man, was swift and within five minutes they were level as they drew the home defence into a ruck leaving plenty of room to run in an unconverted try and level the scores.
The teams turned round at half time still level but Malton made a decisive move early in the second half as they claimed a second unconverted try to move 10-5 ahead.
From then on there was little to choose between the two sides as they cancelled each other out with the defences on top. However, Dinnington did give themselves chances, but too many errors at the wrong time saw them come to nought. As the game went into its final minutes Malton sealed victory as they scored their third try of the game.
Dinnington felt a little disappointed with the result but they know they are in a better position than this time last season and are still full of confidence.