Dinnington 27 Alnwick 17
North One East
Sometimes you have to accept that the opposition were better, on the day, than you were, writes Hector Brewis.
So it was when Alnwick made their very first visit to Dinnington in North One East on Saturday.
In a fast and furious game, which to the neutral would be very enjoyable to watch, the visitors came away empty-handed after a sterling effort by all 18 players.
The line-out has proved a bit of an Achilles heel this season and so it proved again this week with league debutant Andy Isaacs and his jumpers having a difficult afternoon against the Dinnington jumpers.
Another cliché is that a good big ’un beats a good little ‘un and this was also true in this game as the Dinnington back row and centres caused more and more problems as the game progressed.
However, the home side did not have it all their own way, by any means, and the visitors put some good passages of play together, although they were unable to make enough breakthroughs to threaten the home side’s domination.
Alnwick just spent too much time defending and this sapped the energy, although they were the last to score.
Both sets of three-quarters handled the ball, with kicking at a premium, hence the entertainment value that the game provided.
Alnwick’s scrum was, once again, excellent with not an inch being given in this facet of play.
Dinnington scored first after a catch and drive from a line-out which they converted (7-0).
Alnwick came straight back from the kick-off and scored through Rich Ellis after a break by James Hamilton (7-5).
Dinnington then scored two unconverted tries to make it 12-5 and then 17-5, although this last score before the interval was against the run of play as the visitors had been pushing hard for an equalising try as half-time approached.
Alnwick started the second half well, but some powerful play orchestrated by the home half-back led to two more tries, one of which was another catch and drive (27-5).
Alnwick kept coming right to the end and Moralee scored right on full-time with Mallaburn converting (27-17).
However, five tries to two tells its own story.
l The 1st XV’s next game is against Old Crossleyans on Saturday at home, kick-off 2.15pm.
It will be preceded by the Christmas lunch with turkey and all the trimmings. To book, contact Bill on 07708 186558.