A passionate Percy Park performance at Preston Avenue put paid to Dinnington’s 100 per cent record.
The league’s new boys had started the season with a bang with six straight wins in their first year at this level and they started the game well, keeping the hosts pinned in their own half for much of the first 15 minutes.
A lapse of concentration from the kick off meant that Park were under pressure from the off, and were penalised for being offside with fly-half Chris Williams kicked his side into a 3-0 lead.
The Yorkshire 1 champions have built their game on a strong forward pack and several driving mauls were repelled near the Park line by stout defence, but inevitably they did cross the whitewash on the ten minute mark.
This seemed to be the catalyst that spurred Park into action as they played against a strong wind in the first half.
With 20 minutes gone, Percy Park set up camp in the visitors 22. The referee allowed a good advantage that saw Ash Smith dummy and cut through to score. The conversion hit the upright.
The exchange referee from Leicestershire had warned Park a number of times as the penalty count rose. When his patience eventually ran out, Park No.8 Sean Williamson was sent to the bin for 10 minutes for driving into a maul from the side.
A very physical mid-week training session seemed to be the key to a much livelier Park performance especially in counter rucking.
As the half was drawing to a close, a great forward effort dispossessed the Yorkshire side and allowed Park to set up a counter attack down the left flank.
Scrum half John Scott burst down the wing and found Smith who stepped inside drawing the last defender. Young Park flanker Ethan Wilson took the pass to go over for the try. The conversion attempt was wide, but Park had levelled the scores at 10-10.
Park had wind advantage in the second half and more possession. As Dinno tried running the ball out of defence they were penalised for holding on. Smith kicked the points.
Ten minutes into the second period Park went further ahead as Smith scored his second try of the game, winning the ball back to chip ahead to pick up and dive over the line under the posts.
Park were now in the ascendency although Dinnington were doggedly trying to claw back a score. The lead was further enhanced on 63 minutes as Ali Blair cut through the visitor’s midfield from a planned move from a scrum, and again Smith was on target with the extras.
Dinnington continued to batter away at Park and there were some bullocking runs from No.8 Will Marshall, but Park tackled their opponents time an time again.
With the score at 27-10, Park were punished with a second yellow card of the match when Josh Hedley was penalised for being offside in the “red” zone. Eventually the visitors crossed the Park line from a catch and drive from a line out to put them within a score of a bonus point.