Huddersfield Laund Hill – 29 Dinnington – 26

Laund Hill get back to winning ways despite Dinnington fight back
Still reeling from last week’s defeat against Yarnbury, the Laund Hill squad put in the hard
work at the two training sessions during the week to ensure that there wasn’t a repeat
performance. And in the opening minutes, Laund Hill certainly looked like they were up to the challenge as they took the game to the opposition with power and pace.
Dinnington struggled to cope with organised structure of the home team and were forced to
give away a penalty in the early minutes within kicking range. Unfortunately, Tom Egan hit
the post with the kick but the ball bounced back into play putting Dinnington under more
pressure. Unable to clear their lines, they turned the ball over and the ball found its way to
the Laund Hill backs. A slick ball out the back found Egan who split the defence and raced through for the first score of the game on 8 minutes. Egan also added the extras to take an early 7-0 lead.
Dinnington started to work their way back into the game, but the resolute defence was able
to hold them out on each occasion. Laund Hill still looked the stronger team and found themselves within 5 metres of their opponents’ line on a number of occasions. However, poor execution of a normally well-drilled pick and drive handed possession back too easily to Dinnington. On 23 minutes though, a ball came loose from a ruck close to the Dinnington line and centre Gaz Evans was quickest to react and pounce on the ball for the second try of the day. This time the try went unconverted.
As Laund Hill now looked to turn the screw, the pressure increased on Dinnington and they
were unable to get back into the game. With the home team winning two consecutive line-
outs against the throw close to their own line and a subsequent 50-22, the visitors became
frustrated and conceded a couple of relieving penalties. With another Dinnington attack extinguished, a long-range down-field kick was chased down well and centre Corby Nasaqa claimed the ball and took the ball further downfield. With another penalty coming, captain Ed Black elected for another shot at goal which was calmly converted by Egan.
Heading into stoppage time with a 15-0 lead, the home side looked to be cruising but with the last play of the half, they came crashing down to Earth as two missed tackles in mid-field enabled Dinnington to break away and score under the posts to get themselves back into the game.
With the half-time team talk now having to be hastily re-written, the team was instructed to
go back to what was working for the majority of the first half. And with Tom Dalton and Ashley Lockwood stepping up and taking big drives down the middle of the field, things looked to have steadied. When Luke Earnshaw charged down a kick in centre field, the ball was collected by Miles Watson who sprinted 30 metres down field. Dinnington once again had to concede a penalty and once again Laund Hill collected the 3 points.
From the kick-off, things got worse for the visitors as hooker Ben Hill took the ball and broke through three tackles to go deep into opposition territory. With full-back Egan in support, the ball was worked to him to score his second try of the day. Unfortunately, he was unable toadd the conversion on this occasion.
Just moments later, it looked like the game was going to be put beyond Dinnington’s reach
as Evans made an interception on half-way and raced downfield. Despite players being in
support to secure possession from the breakdown, they were adjudged to have done so
illegally and the chance went begging. It wasn’t long though before Laund Hill found themselves deep within Dinnington territoryagain, forcing them to concede consecutive penalties, the second one being within kicking distance with Egan duly slotted over to take a 26-7 lead.
With things now looking comfortable for the home team, a sense of complacency seemed to creep in. A knock-on straight from the restart gifted possession back to Dinnington and from the resulting scrum another couple of missed tackles proved costly as they broke away for their second try of the day.
With less than a quarter of the game to go, things very much looked to be beyond the
visitors. And when they were forced to concede another scrum penalty close to their line
and Egan slotted over the three points, the home supporters felt that the game was now
won. Little did anyone know that this was to be a vital score.
Moments later, Dinnington found themselves camped out in the Laund Hill 22. The defence looked strong initially, but was then forced to concede five consecutive penalties close to their own line. The team were lucky that the referee did not reach into his pocket for a yellow card, but they couldn’t stop Dinnington scoring a converted try under the posts.
At this point there should have been no need to panic, but when Gaz Evans was shown a
yellow card for a perceived deliberate knock-on, Laund Hill had to play the final 10 minutes a man down.
And this advantage had a big impact as the home team started to tire and gaps opened up in defence. When Dinnington scored another try with just 5 minutes to go to take the score to 29-26, the final stages became a very nervous affair.
However, moving into the final minute, it was Laund Hill who regained their composure and,
with the aid of two penalties, were able to work their way out of their own half. When the referee blew his final whistle with the home team still in possession, a sigh of relief and collective cheers rang around the ground.
Despite the scare within the final 20 minutes, the coaches can take real positives from the
much improved performance. With the forwards putting in the hard work and the backs
starting to gel, the team are now in a much better state of preparation ahead of a tough trip
to Leeds Corinthians next week.
Match-day Squad:
Egan, Roberts, Evans, Nasaqa, Burns-Smith, Earnshaw, Vernon; Burt, Hill, Barrett, Dalton,
Black (c), Perfitt, Watson, Lockwood.
Replacements: Stringer, J Sharp, Bull
Man of the Match: Tom Egan
Reporter: Dale Earnshaw

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