Dinnington go close against the leaders

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Bottom of Yorkshire Division One after their defeat by fellow tailenders Castleford a week earlier, Dinnington went within an ace of pulling off a shock win against top of the table Bridlington.

Dinnington have acquired a reputation for playing better rugby against the higher placed clubs and, although their hoped-for win against leaders Bridlington didn’t quite materialise, they salvaged a losing bonus point at Lodge Lane as the seasiders clung on 11-7.

The only first half score was a penalty goal by Bridlington’s winger Regan Stirk after 35 minutes.

Five minutes after the restart, the visitors kicked over the top of the Dinnington winger and Stirk ran through to score a try near the corner flag. He missed the conversion, but then added a second penalty to put them 11 points clear.

After having an earlier try disallowed for a doubtful knock-on, Dinnington finally broke through three minutes from the end when flanker John Marshall raced over for a try and scrum-half Chris Williams landed the conversion.

Barnsley maintained their lead in Yorkshire Two when they fought from behind for a 32-22 win at local rivals Wath on Dearne.

Wath, in third place, had gone ahead with tries by centres Steve Mason and Martin Bray, the latter converted by Ashley Rothery.

Barnsley reduced the arrears when Patrick Jensen converted a try by full-back Andrew Smith, and the sides swapped further tries, No 8 Matthew Burrows touching down for Wath and flanker Neil Robinson for Barnsley. But a bonus-winning fourth try by fly-half Josh Bird right on half time gave the hosts a 22-12 interval lead.

Barnsley, on course to replace Dinnington in Yorkshire One next season, took full advantage of the slope in the second half. After being awarded a penalty try, the visitors drew level with a try by No 8 David Reed, again converted by Jensen, and Jensen rounded off the scoring with a drop goal and a penalty.

Sheffield Tigers and Sheffield RUFC’s matches at Luctonians and Billingham were frozen off.

Stocksbridge notched up a 31-0 away win over Rotherham Clifton in Yorkshire Five on Saturday.

Their tries came from centre Ben Senior, No 8 Nigel Dowkes, centre Sam Turnell and scrum-half Adam Frith, while full-back Scott Bowskill kicked all four conversions and a penalty.

In Yorkshire Five, Sheffield Oaks beat Wensleydale 13-11, while Rawmarsh also won, 27-5 at home against Wibsey.