Dinnington seconds thrown a curve ball

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Dinnington II were thrown a curve ball on Saturday when they faced a Paviors II side that bore little resemblance to the one they beat comfortably earlier in the season.

This time Paviors were the victors, by a 67-0 scoreline.

Dinnington began the game on the front foot and dominated the opening 10 minutes, the referee deeming them to be held up over the line on one attack and then Paviors held up another attack just short.

Such was the pressure that Dinnington were exerting Paviors had a player dispatched to the sin-bin for too many infringements.

Unfortunately, Dinnington then turned the ball over and Paviors were able to clear and take play into the Dinnington 22.

It was then the visitors’ turn to be put under pressure and they too had a player sin-binned.

Paviors took their chance and from the scrum that followed scored the opening try.

Much of the remainder of the first half was played in midfield wuntil Paviors showed their hand in a pair of quick wingers.

They moved the ball wide and Dinnington had no answer to their pace as they scored three more times.

Trailing 24-0 at half time, any outside chance Dinnington might have thought they had disappeared almost straight from the kick-off as Paviors scored again.

For the rest of the half Dinnington struggled to contain a home side being well orchestrated by the outside half and being boosted by ‘fresh legs’.

Dinnington did not help themselves by giving the ball away too easily but they kept battling for the full 80 minutes.

Dinnington III had to hold off a strong finish by visitors Creswell Crusaders, to pick up a 24-12 win on Saturday.

From a seemingly comfortable position at half-time, Dinnington were forced into a bit of a rear-guard action late on.

Dinnington’s forwards took charge from the off and set up the first try after only 10 minutes.

From a scrum, scrum-half Callum Parry deceived the defence by switching play to set up Alex Davies for his first senior try.

The forwards continued to dominate and five minutes later, from another scrum Parry scored himself and David Bell converted for a 12-0 lead.

It took Dinnington until 10 minutes from half-time before they scored again as Scott Houghton took a quick tap and burst through under the posts giving Bell an easy conversion.

At half-time, Dinnington rang the changes and brought on several Colt players for their first senior game.

Not surprisingly it disrupted the play but Dinnington were still the stronger in the opening quarter of an hour.

However, they failed to add to their lead and then missed tackles allowed Creswell to break out and claim an unconverted try.

No panic, but although Dinnington came straight back at the visitors they were still not putting points on the board.

Five minutes from time, Creswell threw the cat amongst the pigeons with a converted try to get within one score and their confidence was suddenly boosted.

Dinnington made changes and re-grouped.

It paid dividends straight away as Richard White broke through, 20 yards out, and scored under the posts.

Creswell were far from disheartened and broke clear again but were stopped in their tracks by an injury to the referee, before threatening the Dinnington line.