In-form Dinnington moved to the top of Yorkshire One with a bonus-point 34-7 win over visitors Scarborough in, at times atrocious conditions in south Yorkshire.
Arriving in benign weather conditions at Dinnington’s Lodge Lane ground, Scarborough skipper Chris Purdy won the toss and chose to play up the slope in the first half but when the teams came out for the kick-off they were greeted by a storm of biblical proportions; rain, hail, and a gale blowing down the slope directly in their faces to say nothing of thunder and lightning.
It was a real surprise when Scarborough grabbed the lead with only a minute or so on the clock; Dinnington full-back Neceedo Pietersen fumbled a Scarborough clearing kick and winger Harry Domett pounced to hack through and get the touch. Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
The lead was extremely short-lived as from the re-start the south Yorkshiremen won a penalty. Fly-half Jonny West found touch with the kick and from the resulting catch and drive No8 Will Marshall got the touch in the 3rd minute. West kicked the conversion to level the scores at 7-7.
With the near gale force wind and driving rain behind them, Dinnington took control and increased their lead in the 15th minute when Marshall drove over from a Maul; West converted for 14-7.
The strength of the wind behind the south Yorkshiremen was such as a perfectly legal pass from West was blown forward and the visitors gained the put-in at the scrum.
Scarborough struggled to get out of their own half but when they did in the 24th minute, a Dinnington fumble in their own 22 saw the Seasiders win possession and recycle; however an infield pass was dropped and the chance had gone.
Pinned deep in their own territory by the conditions, a powerful home pack and some well-judged line-kicking by West, the Seasiders conceded from a catch-and-drive on the half-hour; this time flanker Ryan Donnelly drove over. West was unsuccessful with the kick.
Leading 19-7 and with conditions improving, Dinnington continued to dominate up front and another powerful forward drive saw West released to cross on the stroke of half-time. The conversion was missed and Dinnington led 24-7 at the break.
A near miraculous transformation in the weather occurred in the minutes leading up to and during the half-time break and the teams came out for the second half in Sunny conditions.
It made no difference as far as the power of the Dinnington eight were concerned as ex-Rotherham Titans lock John Dudley on as a substitute, powered over only two minutes after the re-start.
Scarborough stuck to their task but could make little headway against their well-organised opponents who looked dangerous every time they were in possession.
The improvement in conditions levelled the contest but for the visitors, ball retention and handling in the conditions were proving difficult and both sides were struggling on what was by now, a quagmire.
Even with a mud bath underfoot, both sides endeavoured to run the ball; however it was no surprise that when the final score of the game came it was through the forwards, prop John Marshall going over in the 68th minute.
West was unsuccessful with the conversion.
Scarborough still had their share of defending to do but stuck to their task with application and commitment and couldn’t be faulted for effort. Defences prevailed in the closing stages and the south Yorkshiremen ran out worthy 34-7 winners. In the conditions both sides did remarkably well to provide the standard of game they did.
For Scarborough, forwards Mark Hopper, Blake Nightingale and Matthew Else took the plaudits whilst behind them Graeme Jeffrey and substitute centre Billy Parker worked well.
Dinnington, with the experienced John Dudley and Simon Bunting working on and off the field with their former Rotherham Titans teammate coach Craig West, have brought on the players around them and they deservedly sit on top of Yorkshire One following this win.
Scarborough: Jeffrey Lenton Cottle Teiber Domett Ratcliffe Schutz Cutino Hopper Taylor Readman Hoggard Purdy Nightingale Else. Substitutes: Pickering Parker Oxtoby