Dinnington Rugby Club had to survive a battering in the early stages of Saturday’s match, before overcoming a strong Rochdale outfit 33-19.
The Lodge Lane men were under pressure from almost the first kick, and had to be on guard to stop Rochdale taking an early lead.
Penalties conceded by Rochdale allowed Dinnington to momentarily get out of their own half and they had half a chance to break away but gave the ball away
For the next 20 minutes Rochdale had Dinnington under the cosh and it was a credit to the home defence that the score was still blank with 25 minutes played.
The turning point came when Rochdale scored a converted try, because it meant Dinnington, at last, had a chance to get the ball deep into the visitors’ half from the restart.
Dinnington woke up and within three minutes of going behind were level, Will Marshall making a break which was taken on by Jeff Hopkinson and Jonny West, setting up John Marshall for a try, converted by West.
West came close to extending Dinnington’s lead two minutes later but was caught in two minds as he broke through and the chance was lost.
However, a minute later Dinnington did go in front as good handling in the backs put Marlon Miller in for a try which West converted.
There were more chances for both sides late in the first half but it was Dinnington who went into the break 14-7 ahead slightly against the run of play.
Rochdale made a strong start to the second half reduced Dinnington’s lead, driving over for an unconverted try.
Ten minutes into the half, Dinnington had a chance to extend their lead but Rochdale stole the ball.
However, two minutes later a penalty in front of the posts gave West a straightforward kick and three minutes later another penalty moved Dinnington 20-12 ahead.
The home side were starting to gain the edge and a kick over the top had Rochdale scrambling in defence.
But Dinnington then made a mess of the line out and Rochdale cleared their lines to half way only to concede another penalty and allow West to kick three more points and move the home side 11 points clear.
Rochdale then showed they were still in the game as they broke clear and it took an excellent tackle from Tyle Stimpson to put them into touch close in.
However, Dinnington made a mess of another line out and Rochdale burst through to score a converted try.
With the game in the balance Dinnington were relieved to win a penalty on the Rochdale 22 which allowed them to kick to the corner.
From the line out they set up a drive which put Marshall over for a try with seven minutes to go.
A mistake at the restart gave Rochdale an attacking scrum but Dinnington regained the ball and in the final minute claimed a try bonus point as good interchanges in the backs gave Tyle Stimpson a clear run to the line.
On Saturday Dinnington travel to title chasing Ilkley.