DINNINGTON Town came to Carnarvon Street as the team in form and they kept up that excellent run to defeat Teversal 3-2 in an entertaining encounter.
It was Dinnington who started much brighter with the confidence of a team on top of their game.
This was rewarded when they took a deserved lead after only 11 minutes when a free kick from inside the visitors own half saw Henshaw’s headed clearance hit Cartledge with the home side appealing for hand ball as Smith smashed the ball home.
Teversal have, however, shown character this season and they started to have a say in the game themselves and nearly pulled level only two minutes later when Wilson robbed Sykes to fire a fierce strike that beat Thornton in the Dinnington goal, but was also wide of the mark.
The visitors early dominance had now been turned round which saw the Tevie Boys looking the more likely to notch the next goal.
And on 29 minutes the scores were level when a decisive break saw Goodacre release an inch-perfect ball through to Dickinson.
He then fired in another low drive that again saw Thornton make another excellent save.
But this time he couldn’t hold the effort and Tobin composed himself to clinically fire past the two Dinnington defenders who had tracked backed in vain as the Tevie marksman levelled.
Two minutes later Teversal thought they had gone one better when another patient build up saw Goodacre with the time to cut in and unleash a shot that again Thornton did well to save with Harcourt on hand to fire home the loose ball.
But the effort was disallowed because the full back was adjudged asbeing offside from the initial effort.
Teversal again had the ball in the goal five minutes from the break, when Dickinson was found with an excellent Cockerill ball in behind the Dinnington defence and, as Thornton advanced, he calmly placed the ball into the corner of the net.
But again the assistant referee had her flag up to indicate what must have been a very close decision that meant the scoreline remained at 1-1 at the break, rather than a 2-1 or 3-1 lead to the home side.
Like the first half, Dinnington started the brighter and within three minutes of the restart they regained their lead to add to the frustration of the Tevie boys.
The home side really had no argument as poor marking allowed Jon Ropers’ corner to travel to the far stick to find Liam Cartledge who will always punish you with a free header from six yards to make it 2-1.
The home side could have been out of the game on 52 minutes when Cartledge found himself unmarked to powerfully head Coulbeck’s quality cross goalwards.
But Tevie’s 16 year old custodian Sam Bedingham-Pearce produced an absolutely stunning save, which the Dinnington striker acknowledged by applauding the young ‘keeper.
On the hour mark the scores were level again when Cockerill delivered a free kick into the Dinnington box that the visitors failed to deal with.
Harcourt failed to connect initially before substitute Olly Wood, who had only just come on, ghosted in at the far post to calmly fire home.
Only two minutes later another free kick was flicked on by the impressive Henshaw to Dickinson who uncharacteristically drove his effort wide of the mark.
The cost of that miss was to be realised on 64 minutes when again the home side’s defensive lapse was punished when Jon Roper had the time and space to get a fierce effort away that Bedingham-Pearce again superbly saved.
But the young ‘keeper was denied any luck when the rebound went straight back to the striker to fire home at the second attempt to make it 3-2 to the away side.
Teversal tried to battle back into the game but Dinnington managed to play out the final stages without any real concerns.
TEVERSAL: Bedingham-Pearce, Harcourt, Goodacre, Wild (Pilmore 86 mins), Henshaw, Atkins, C. Cockerill, Dickinson, Tobin (Atkins 74 mins), Mitchell (Wood 59 mins), Wilson. Subs not used: Fletcher, Pearson.
DINNINGTON TOWN: Thornton, Coulbeck, Sykes, Ramsden, Lapianka, Smith, Wade, Roper (Mirfin 74 mins), Roper (Khutsishvili 73 mins), Cartledge, Trench (Gallagher 76 mins). Subs not used: Goodinson, Aldred.
REFEREE: Peter Sporne of South Yorkshire).