It was left to the third team to fly the flag for Dinnington on a weekend of cancellations. And how they did it, racing to a 47-0 victory for their second shutout in a row.
The club’s beleaguered first team had to withdraw from their scheduled Yorkshire Cup, Second Round tie at Cleckheaton because of a catalogue of injuries. They return to National League, North 1 East division action tomorrow (Saturday) with a trip to fellow mid-tablers Pocklington, looking for a much-needed victory.
The second team were also without a match last weekend after their intended opponents, Malton and Norton, cried off and no suitable replacements could be found.
Therefore, all eyes were on Dinnington 3rd and they didn’t let anyone down in a 47-0 landslide win at home to Rotherham Phoenix 2nd in a friendly. The hosts had the benefit of the raging rainy and windy elements in the first half and made full use of them.
From the opening play, they worked the ball through their forwards to set up a move in the backs that saw David Clayton cross for a try. Dinnington quickly drove home their advantage as Oliver Williamson ran in for the second try and then, having gone on as an injury replacement, Wesley Meese scored with his first touch of the ball.
Shellshocked Rotherham struggled to muster any kind of response and conceded again when a good move in the home backs put Williamson in under the posts. He opted to take the conversion himself and missed!
The visitors followed up with a spell where they kept Dinnington in midfield. But then normal service was resumed as a break by Richard White, through several tackles, saw him run to the posts from 40 yards out. David Bell converted. Next it was Richard Pettican scoring in the corner before Williamson completed his hat-trick.
Dinnington led 37-0 as the sides changed ends before a second half that was in complete contrast to the first. The game became very slow with the majority of the play concentrated in the middle of the park, and the worsening weather doing nothing to improve matters.
However, at least Dinnington managed two more tries as Jayden Kohika went down the blind side of a scrum to score in the corner, and Lee Thompson finished off a forwards’ drive by evading a couple of tackles to touch down.