Dinnington RUFC made a winning start to their second Northern Division North East One season in North One East with a fairly comfortable 24-0 victory over relegated Westoe.
Four tries also saw them claim the maximum five points.
The early exchanges were in midfield. However, at the first scrum Dinnington destroyed the visitors’ pack and Westoe knew they were in for a long afternoon.
An early promising break by Dinnington was bundled into touch just inside the visitors’ 22 and then on their next attack Westoe intercepted but were stopped before they could create any real danger. Eight minutes into the game, Dinnington took the lead when Jonny West broke clear to score in the corner after exchanging passes with Rob Leivars.
Dinnington had further chances throughout the half but their execution let them down too many times.
Chances for Westoe were few and far between. A promising move mid-way through the half came to an abrupt halt when Ollie Rodgers introduced himself with a bone-crunching tackle.
Dinnington got to half-time with a slender 5-0 lead which did not seem enough as they turned to face the elements.
Dinnington came out for the second half with the words of coach Craig West ringing in their ears and made a strong start.
Within four minutes of the restart they extended their lead when Leivars was on hand to take a pass after a good break by Jalan Farris, West converted.
Westoe came back and attacked into the Dinnington half but they were met by some solid defence and lost the ball at a maul.
The visitors found it difficult to create clear chances and their only other real threat came midway through the half when they kicked a penalty to the corner, but Dinnington stole the ball and cleared. This came in between two home tries. The first, after 56 minutes, came for Farris after a break by West and the second, on 66 minutes, from Chris Williams as he supported another break by West. West converted the second try to put the result beyond doubt.
In the final 10 minutes of the game both sides created half chances but none good enough to threaten the line.
Tomorrow, Dinnington travel to Northern.
Dinnington III began their Merit Table campaign with a comfortable 49-12 victory at Wortley, which could have been even better had they made the most of their chances.
Dinnington started on the front foot and had Wortley under pressure from the first whistle.
Their momentum was halted when the first scrum took almost five minutes to complete but they were soon back up to speed.
Ten minutes into the game they took the lead when Danny Hughes picked up from the back of a ruck and five minutes later went further ahead when David Bell broke from a similar situation. Bell converted both.
Midway through the half, missed tackles from the home side allowed Jack Sigsworth to run in and Bell converted again.
From this point Dinnington got carried away as everybody tried to score instead of looking to pass and all this did was give away penalties which allowed Wortley to close the gap to 21-9 at the break.
A penalty early in the second half cut the deficit further before Dinnington got their game back together.
Despite dominating play Dinnington found it difficult to breach some stout defending by the home side and it was not until midway through the half before they scored again.
The ball was moved quickly from a ruck for Richard Pettican to run in.
From then on it was one way traffic and further tries from Oliver Williamson and Dean McAulay plus a penalty try saw Dinnington pull well clear.
Bell converted all four tries to maintain an unblemished kicking display.
Dinnington U15s began the new campaign with a 48-7 home win over Selby.
The score was almost a secondary consideration as an under-strength Selby team honoured the fixture in the full knowledge that they had players missing due to other commitments.
Dinnington had prepared well over the summer, benefiting from additional conditioning and fitness coaching from none other than Danny Pilkington and the difference was apparent from the kick off.
Dinnington will feel that they were a little rusty and despite the scoreline, opportunities were squandered and ball was not protected as well as it could have been.
This meant the side was not as clinical as they could be, but coaches Harrison and Hawley were pleased with the lads and in particular their attitude
With two of three planned 20-minute sessions played, the scoreline favoured Dinnington with tries from skipper, Ellis Harrison (2), Callum Hancock, (1), Connor Hancock, (1), Dan Davis, (1), Harry Williams, (1), Jayden O’Gara, (1) and Tom Gray, (1).
In addition Sam Whittingham, very successfully stepped up to take responsibility for kicking duties; converting four of his kicks and unfortunately hit the post on three other occasions, in the blustery conditions.
The biggest winner on the day though was the ‘spirit of rugby’, as in the third session saw Dinnington and Selby players swapping shirts and playing two combined 15s against each other. This mixing of players really tightened up the game and both teams integrated well to finish on a high, with great play from both sides and a really tight scoreline to end the session.