Dinnington 13 West 0

By Dave Picken - September 14 2014
Dinnington 13 West 0 Andrew Cheslin badly dislocated his shoulder as both sides fought a hard battle on the infamous Dinnington slope. His injury followed a first half in which we kept the home side at bay as we defended the slope, but a controversial try at the start of the second was a blow from which we couldn't recover.

It came when Stu Waites' second half restart kick didn’t go ten metres, and Michael Hogan was  penalized for not binding at the resultant scrum.

Dinnington had been handed the initiative with half Jonny West taking the opportunity to put up a high kick into the corner. Luke Mallinson fought for the dropping ball with winger Marlon Miller - it was the latter who seized on the resulting loose ball to send an inside pass to No 8 Will Marshall.

He galloped in to score under the posts, with Referee Nigel Dickinson ignoring vociferous West claims that it had been the Dinnington winger who had knocked the ball forward.

It was massive blow to a young West pack who had defended so well in the first half against an experienced, and hard working, home side who knew how to use the slope to their advantage.

They also knew how to defend against it, and as much as we huffed and puffed they were only really able to mount any pressure in the home line in the last few minutes of the game.

We lost fly half Zac Southern after twenty minutes to a calf injury, which saw the arrival of Andrew Foreman at scrum half and a switch to fly half for Stu Waites with Darren Thomas dropping back.

The half was largely played out in midfield with both sides stifling each other’s ambitions, and when play did open up it was invariably brought to a halt by the referee’s whistle.

Ches had already had an eventful game having been yellow carded just before the break, when frustration over two claims for tackling without arms went unheeded by Mr Dickinson.

Unwisely, the centre reacted with a late tackle of his own and deserved a yellow. But there was surprise that there was no punishment for the two home players who responded with a flurry of punches.

In the second half Dinnington added to their score with penalty after 47 minutes, and another after 70 when Darren Thomas received a severe cut to his ear while being penalised for holding on.

With Chris Atkins already injured, and Dan Boatman having to play in the centre, an indignant Dash had to continue with a heavily bandaged head.

It continued gto be hard fought with hardly any flowing rugby, but we had shown one bit of rugby enterprise when we ran the ball from behind our own line on the hour mark.

Stu Waites began the move which saw of all the backs involved as they moved into the opposition half. However, a last ditch tackle on Peter Youll as the ball came back into the middle saw a knock on by the West man.

We did mount some pressure in the closing stages in an effort to get the score, which would have given us a deserved bonus point. Unfortunately, the final play saw Scott Butcher bundled into touch at the corner flag as he went for the score..

Dinnington: Tyle Stimpson, Rob Levers, Tom Doughty, Ollie Rodgers, Marlon Miller, Jonny West, Chris Reynolds, Antony Ross, Matthew Starr, John Marshall, John Stimpson, Gary Woodcock, Ryan Donnelly, Danny Pilkington, Will Marshall.

Reps: John Dudley, James Beck , Steve Thompson

Tries: Will Marshall.

Cons: West

Pens: West [2]

 

West: Stu Waites, Scott Butcher, Andrew Cheslin [Gary Jackson 58], Peter Youll, Luke Mallinson, Zac Southern [Andrew Foreman 20], Darren Thomas, Michael Hogan, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Luke Chapman, Chris Atkins [Car Robinbson 62], Alex Barker, Dan Boatman [captain], Sam Miller.

Yellow: Andrew Cheslin

 

Referee: Mr Nigel Dickinson [West Yorkshire]

 

 
Dinnington 13 West 0
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14/09/2014 11:36
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Re: Dinnington 13 West 0
14/09/2014 18:05
Thanks for the report. Can only hope those injured at the moment are soon back in contention and this game can go into the 'learn from' category.

 
Re: Dinnington 13 West 0
Leg End (IP Logged)
15/09/2014 11:05
Devastated for Andrew, he`ll be very hard to replace, wasnt there on Saturday but he always puts in a shift for the side, a true and very natural ball player.

Wish him a speedy recovery!

 
Re: Dinnington 13 West 0
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
15/09/2014 11:15
He was in the club yesterday making light of it all and complaining that his [punched] nose hurt more than his shoulder.

 
Re: Dinnington 13 West 0
15/09/2014 13:22
Totally agree on the comment about Andy Cheslin and exactly the same can be said of Colin. Good to see "old stagers" like Thomas and Robinson answering the call on Saturday but I'm sure both would agree that the sooner this injury crisis is over the better.

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