Dunstablians went down to a comprehensive 36-3 defeat at Newbold on Avon in Midlands Two East South on Saturday.
Despite a flooded pitch the night before, the game went ahead and the hosts started strongly, but Dees defended well against Newbold’s large pack and Kevin Boland made use of the conditions to clear their lines and pin the home side back in their own half.
With Newbold diving off their feet, a number of penalties allowed Dees to move into their 22 as some strong defence from the home side repelled a Dees catch and drive move.
With ball in hand, Newbold started to send the ball wide and created a few opportunities, but were let down by the final pass.
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However, they took the lead when one of their wingers was able to get the ball at pace and finished off a well-worked move after the ball was quickly recycled.
Dees debutant Duane Hughes-Brand impressed with some hard hitting defence and a powerful running display.
Well-drilled Newbold proceed to keep Dees out as they led 5-0 at the break.
The wind picked up further in the second half as Newbold used the wind well to pin Dees in their own half.
With all the momentum, Newbold attacked at each opportunity and kept the ball well as Dees struggled to defend against their off-loading game.
The home side scored a number of well-worked tries, but Dees continued to battle away.
The Newbold hooker was sin-binned after a needless exchange of words with the official at scrum time, allowing Dees to maintain possession and work their way up the pitch against the heavy wind.
Rattled Newbold proceeded to give away penalties, one of which in front of the posts, which was duly converted by Boland for Dees’ only points of the day.
Back to full strength Newbold found their form again and scored a try with the last play of the game to seal their 36-3 victory.
This weekend Dees host Northampton BBOB.