Dinnington Rugby Club seconds got their season off to a winning start, beating a strong Beverley II 32-17 in the Merit table.
Both sides had to defend strongly early on, and it took a penalty by Beverley just past the mid-point of the first half to break the deadlock.
The sides then continued to cancel each other out until the final moments of the half when Dinnington drove a maul from close to half way to the visitor’s line where it was halted but resulted in a Beverley player being binned.
Dinnington drove again from the resultant scrum and Paul Briggs rolled off two defenders to claim an unconverted try.
They added to their lead after the break with a penalty, from Ryan Bowskill, and then from the next restart moved the ball quickly to put Steve Thompson in for the first of his two tries.
They kept the momentum up and with some more expansive play created tries for Paul Kraus and John Sommerville which with two conversions from Bowskill put them 27-3 ahead.
Many thought that was game over but Beverley showed some resilience and came back claiming two converted tries to get within 10 points.
In previous seasons Dinnington could have capitulated but they picked their game up and stuck to the basics for the final minutes of the game to halt Beverley’s charge.
Thompson claimed his second try to finish off the game and give Dinnington the spoils.