Bonus point puts Sheffield on right track

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Sheffield remained on course for an end-of-season promotion showdown with a comfortable victory at Dinnington.

The 31-8 scoreline was significant for one particular reason, it brought the Abbeydale team an all-important bonus point and at this stage of the season every little helps, especially when you’re trying to bridge an 18 point gap.

Malton and Norton still rule the roost at the top of Yorkshire One but Sheffield remain second and have played two games less. There’s also that last match Abbeydale finale against the leaders to come.

While Sheffield reside at the top end of the table, Dinnington are entrenched next to bottom although they shocked their more illustrious South Yorkshire rivals last month when they came away from Abbeydale with a 25-25 draw.

Sheffield were determined there was to be no repeat this time round as they stormed into a 7-0 lead after just three minutes when Tom White crashed over and Donal Collins landed the conversion.

They suffered a real setback a few minutes later when skipper Andy King was forced to leave the field after a bang on the head and wasreplaced by Laurence Thomas. The home side added to the pain when they bagged the resultant penalty.

However, Sheffield moved further ahead in the 26 minute when Matt Poste’s quick tap penalty resulted in a converted try from full back Nick Cook after a neat chip and run over the top.

Dinnington failed to take advantage of Martin Balshaw’s sin-binning and within five minutes of the second half Collins’ penalty extended the lead. Three minutes later centre Joe Cribley carved his way through the home defence for a converted try and 16 minutes later prop Tommy Marples scored the final try when he emerged from a melee out wide on the left. Dinnington had the final say with a minute to go when they grabbed a deserved try but the conversion was missed.

Sheffield: Nick Cook, Tom Metcalf, Joe Cribley, Ryan Amos, Alex Hill, Donal Collins, Matt Poste, Tommy Marples, Carl Mortimer, Chris Machen (Ramzey Adamo), John Dudley, Tom White, Dave Ellis (Tom Womack), Martin Balshaw, Andy Kelly (Laurence Thomas).

Sheffield travel to bottom club Bradford Salem on Saturday.