Stelfox Avenue - Home to Altrincham Kersal RFC hosted a competitive pre-season fixture which showcased the best of both Clubs abilities.
Altrincham Kersal's bulky pack was the difference between the sides in a testing opening friendly fixture for Dinbych. Against a young and largely inexperienced Dinbych pack the host's aggressive scrummaging gave them the lion's share of possession in what has become a regular pre season encounter between the clubs. Yet in other aspects the Dinbych pack responded well to new skipper Narmer EL Lamie's promptings with Gareth Beach winning his usual share of possession at the lines out whilst the side as a whole competed well in the loose. They were also pugnacious defenders and counter attacked at every opportunity with centres Tom Seddon and Owain Davies causing problems throughout for Altrincham Kersal with their instinctive running whilst Aidyn Jones and Kieran Bonar were dangerous attackers on the wings.
The game soon got into a familiar pattern of play with the dominance of the home pack allowing Altrincham Kersal to gain a territorial advantage before releasing their individually dangerous backs. They were thwarted by Dinbych's aggressive defence who then countered strongly gaining ground by adventurous running or relieving kicks. It was Dinbych who surprisingly opened the scoring with last season's record try scorer Aidyn Jones leaping high to regain possession from a well judged cross kick to the corner by Dan O'Sullivan to cross for a try which the outside half then converted. It wasn't until late in the first half that Altrincham Kersal eventually drew level when the Dinbych pack conceded a penalty try after being put under pressure at a series of short range scrums.
With the score at seven points apiece at the interval Altrincham Kersal then had the additional advantage of strengthening wind at their backs to keep the pressure on Dinbych as the second half opened. They eventually went ahead with a short range try as the pressure mounted and increased this when they took advantage of a Dinbych counter attack which broke down in their own 22 for a converted try. Dinbych responded well to these set backs and it was they who dominated the closing stages. They got their reward for a period of sustained pressure near the home line when Tom Seddon went over the line for an unconverted try.
All in all apart from their scrummaging problems this was an encouraging performance by Dinbych which augurs well for the coming season.