It was a case of derby-day disappointment for Wath-upon-Dearne on Saturday, as they lost 38-17 at home to league leaders Dinnington.
It was always going to be a tough encounter against the men from Lodge Lane and this certainly proved to be the case as the top side left Moor Road with maximum points.
Dinnington’s formidable pack was too much for Wath to handle, and the home side could only break their ferocious defence on one occasion. Centre Anthony Barratt landed 4 penalties and full back Adam West went over for the solitary Wath try on a disappointing afternoon - but the Wath coaching team saw plenty of positives to take into a tough encounter away at North Ribblesdale this weekend.
Wath’s second team fared considerably better against Dinnington, scraping a 36-34 victory.
Wath’s six-try performance was enough to send them to the top of the Yorkshire Western Merit table for the first time this season, but Dinnington certainly gave them a scare.
Wath led 36-10 with 13 minutes to go, but four unanswered tries from the home side left the scoreline a little too close for comfort.
The game started in a positive fashion for Wath, with a well-taken try by Steve Wesson converted by Joe Thompson. Dinnington converted a penalty before Wath scored the try of the season when it seemed like the whole team handled the ball before Luke Stead scored.
A severe rollicking at half time saw the team play magnificently for 25 minutes up the hill resulting in the scoring of tries through Joey Minshull, Charlie Dowell , Luke Stead and James Dobson. However, injuries to key players including Wesson, Jim West and Dale Jackson saw Dinnington come back into the game, but Wath stood firm and closed out the win.