Dinnington Rugby Club’s dominance in North East One – their highest ever level of rugby – continued on Saturday with a 37-3 victory at Driffield.
It’s a venue at which they’ve suffered heavy defeats in the past, but another impressive win saw them maintain their unbeaten record and stay top of the table.
Dinnington got off to a good start as Jonny West kicked them into the lead with a first minute penalty but Driffield came back and were only kept out by resolute defending.
Driffield kept up the pressure but found no way through and had to rely on a drop-goal to level the scores.
Dinnington’s response was to come straight on the attack, winning a penalty which West converted.
Five minutes later, Dinnington went further ahead after a break by West set up Marlon Miller for a try and an 11-3 lead.
Midway through the half, Dinnington began to gain the upper hand and extended their lead when Jayden Kohika intercepted inside his own half and ran away to score.
A mistake by Driffield at the restart gave Dinnington another chance and following a kick through and some good handling Tyle Stimpson was put in under the posts.
West’s conversion gave Dinnington a healthy 25-3 lead.
Driffield appeared stunned by this and although they tried to respond, Dinnington’s defence was in no mood to let them through.
The hosts started the second half in determined mood and the pressure had Dinnington scrambling in defence and having a player sent to the bin.
Both sides then had half chances to set up breaks but when Dinnington cleared from a scrum just before the mid-point of the half there was a sense that they had weathered the storm, especially as they were back to full strengthsoon afterwards.
Spirits were boosted further when Driffield had a player binned and the visitorsstretched their lead as Stimpson claimed his second try, following a kick ahead.
Four minutes from time, another impressive team performance was sealed when good work by his team mates set up John Marshall to crash over from close range. West converted.
Dinnington welcome Pocklington to Lodge Lane on Saturday.