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Top strength in depth enables York RUFC to prosper
9:25am Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
IN-FORM York RUFC put their credentials as pacesetters in Yorkshire One on the line against a strong and determined Dinnington side and negotiated the test with a 27-7 triumph.
Missing three members of their regular league squad York needed their substitutes to demonstrate their quality and determination in a hard fought affair. This they did without exception to maintain an impressive start to the campaign.
York took the lead after seven minutes when Rich Downing broke clear in the centre putting Billy Cakaunitabua in for a try.
The conversion attempt sailed wide but York were determined to play open attacking rugby and only indifferent handling prevented further scores.
A slick movement from the Dinnington backs almost opened their account but Alex Nixon got across to force the right winger into touch.
York added to their lead with a fine breakaway try started by Hugh Nicholson and carried on by Nixon and Downey who scored and converted his own try.
The York pack were impressive with Will Enslin, in particular, causing problems.
Dinnington kept play tight and deservedly opened their account with a penalty from West after some strong forward pressure.
York prop Dan Coe was yellow-carded for infringements at the breakdown allowing West to put over his second penalty.
But the hosts hit back with a surging run from wingman Harry Dixon.
As Coe returned to the fray Dinnington lost their hooker who was yellow-carded for dangerous play. York finished the half the stronger with Dixon again flying down his wing only for his inside pass to be spilled. A 12-6 lead hardly seemed enough reward for the hosts.
Dinnington opened the second period strongly and York were fortunate when West sliced an easy penalty.
Will Dutton came on into the front row but York were struggling for good possession.
Nixon and Cakaunitabua spearheaded a York breakaway but Nixon’s chip ahead bounced unkindly.
Downey missed a relatively simple penalty but made amends minutes later when Dinnington were caught offside.
An unfortunate knock-on by the visitors’ full-back gave York a good attacking position from which flanker Sam Thorpe forced his way over supported by half the York pack.
Enslin and Cakaunitabua gave way to Marcus Britland and Gareth Singleton in the last ten minutes when York had to defend.
But they broke away and Kerr put Nixon clear only for him to stumble when he looked certain to score. York had the final word when the home pack sent the visitors backwards and Britland used his strength and experience to force his way over for the fourth try and secure winning bonus points.
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