Bees 31-22 Dinnington
New faces help Bees to first win
One good win does not suddenly mean the Bees are now out of the woods after three defeats in their opening three fixtures sent the Wagon Lane side into the relegation positions at the foot of the table, but this performance will have lifted spirits across the club and gives some real hope that Martin Whitcombe's men have turned a corner.
With games against the sides immediately above them to come in the next three weeks - Northern, Huddersfield YMCA and West Hartlepool, The Bees suddenly have a chance to start climbing out the relegation zone and to start looking at mid table safety.
It was far from plain sailing for the home side as Dinnington held the lead until a superb score from Dennis Tuffour on his debut in the 57th minute, converted by James Morton, pushed the home side into a 19-17 lead. Although Tuffour came off the bench he showed enough in this one performance that he will certainly become a crowd favourite at Wagon Lane as he looked dangerous every time he got his hands on the ball, including a couple of long range breakaways, where he looked capable of running the length of the field, only to be pulled back by a late whistle for an earlier infringement.
The try Tuffour scored was a gem, featuring three sidesteps as the player looked to be falling over his own boots running across the front of the defensive line. His final jink through a gap near the posts saw him over the whitewash with the Wagon Lane crowd acclaiming the brilliant individual effort.
Tuffour was not the only debutant on show, with Andy Walker starting on the left wing and Dan Jeffries returning to his home town club after a couple of seasons at Huddersfield. While Rugby League convert Walker appeared to be enjoying his first foray into Union and celebrated with a 30th minute score out wide on the left, it was Jeffries who caught the eye throughout and who took the man of the match plaudits.
Jeffries added some real impetus to the Bees play from half back, and while he has ball carriers like Tom Booth and Tom Cummins inside him in the pack and big runners like Morton, Walker and Tuffour outside him in the backline, the Bees suddenly look to have a dangerous and very direct running game in midfield.
Cummins bumped and barged to some effect up the middle of the park all afternoon and was rewarded with a brace of scores in the 18th and 67th minutes, both from close range but both requiring the number 8 to power through the last line of defence to launch himself at the line. The second score seemed to be the one which finally ended Dinnington's resistance as their heavyweight tight forwards seemed to visibly tire and the spring in the step of the backline which brought them two well taken first half scores seemed to diminish.
Louis Fraser added a fifth score for the Wagon Lane men after 75 minutes and with the home crowd celebrating a fine first home win, Dinnington ended with a final flourish scoring out wide in the dying moments.