Colts edge thriller versus Dinnington
THE newly-reformed Grimsby Colts travelled to South Yorkshire to take on Dinnington Colts – and claimed a thrilling 13-12 win.
It has been a few seasons since Grimsby were able to field a Colts side and, with good numbers, the future is looking good for the club.
The team featured a mixture of under-17s, under-18s and under-19s.
Dinnington had the upper hand with a bigger team than their Grimsby counterparts, and for much of the first half had their opponents pegged in their own half.
The hosts opened the scoring when a missed tackle allowed an overlap and a score in the corner. The conversion was added with the help of a strong wind.
Dinnington stretched their lead to 12-0 just before half-time.
Further tries were prevented with some excellent tackles from full-back Robbie Blunden and flankers Adam Mouncey and Ash Rendall-Tyrrell.
In the second half, Grimsby introduced all of their substitutes. This made the team more mobile and their superior fitness began to run Dinnington ragged with some open passing.
Grimsby's forwards also posed a threat with props Lloyd Roberts and Richard Watson making ground with powerful drives.
The Blues put Dinnington under pressure and forced them to give away several penalties.
From one, the ball was played out quickly to centre Kieran Austin-Thomas, who broke through a gap to score.
Grimsby nearly scored again when Rendall-Tyrrell went over with a huge push from No.8 Gareth Roberts but the ball was held up.
The visiting pack began to dominate and a scrum inside Dinnington's 22 led to another try. The ball was picked up by scrum-half Robbie Gray, who quickly sent the ball down the line for fly-half Brad Watson to send Brad Treacher clear.
A great supporting run by winger Evan Picking allowed Treacher a simple pass for Picking to score in the corner.
Grimsby continued to press and Picking, Roberts and Rendall-Tyrrell all went close to scoring.
The away side forced another penalty in front of the posts, which allowed Watson the chance to win the game for Grimsby with a coolly taken penalty to put the Blues 13-12 in front.