Town left to lament missed chances

Dinnington FC v Rossington Main in the NCEL Div 1 fixture at Phoenix Park
Dinnington FC v Rossington Main in the NCEL Div 1 fixture at Phoenix Park

Dinnington Town fell to their second consecutive league defeat at home to Rossington Main, leaving them without a win in three.

In a game heavily affected by strong winds, Dinnington Town failed to get the result that their attacking play deserved, running out narrow 2-1 losers in their NCEL Division One clash.

Town were forced to play the first half with the wind in their faces, but still managed to put together some attractive passing football.

As early as the 7th minute Lanzel Reid had a shot blocked, and from the resulting corner Liam Cartledge went close to opening the scoring with a header just off target.

Town continued to attack, and created further chances to take the lead which were wasted.

They were soon punished when, midway through the first half, home goalkeeper Ledger spilled the ball in a gusting wind, presenting Tom Hyde with a simple tap-in to put the visitors 1-0 up.

Town pressed forward in search of an equaliser, and again created numerous chances which they failed to convert.

Once again it was to prove their undoing - on the stroke of half time they gave away a needless free kick on the edge of the area, and Tom Hyde drove a fine shot into the bottom corner for his second goal.

Town came out in the second half with the wind at their backs and dominated play from start to finish.

After 56 minutes Liam Cartledge got on the end of a Jamie Roper corner to half the deficit with a trademark header, and home fans remained confident that the game could still be turned around.

But Rossington defended doggedly, further chances came and went, and fans knew it was not to be their day when, with just two minutes left on the clock, Greg Ramsden shot over from a great position after getting on the end of Lanzel Reid’s cross.

At the final whistle, manager Steve Toyne was left to ponder how they had not taken all three points after so many chances.

Dinnington now travel to Yorkshire Amateurs on Saturday in search of their first win of the new campaign, before welcoming Cleethorpes Town to Phoenix Park in the 3pm Bank Holiday Monday fixture.