Old Crossleyans remain deep in trouble near the foot of North East One after a 27-21 defeat at Dinnington yesterday.
They led 16-5 at half time but the South Yorkshire side’s pack then turned the screw with some driving mauls and the Broomfield men needed a last minute try from Chris Vine to salvage a losing bonus point.
The visitors, who were lacking Chris Wood, Kev McGill, Billy Hammond and Chris Seymour, made a solid start and Vine kicked them into a 9-0 lead with penalties on three, 12 and 17 minutes.
Dinnington replied when centre Tom Doughty cut through visiting forwards in defence to score an unconverted try wide out on 25 minutes.
Crocs lost Raman Sembi to the sin-bin but still extended their lead to 16-5 just before half time.
No 8 Luke Gardiner raced 60 metres, kicked through and the bouncing ball was taken by Ben Greaves who went under the posts. Vine converted.
The home forwards came to the fore. They drove from a scrum, then took a tap penalty wide out and No 8 Will Marshall went over and Jonny West added the easy kick to cut the deficit to four points.
Vine was just wide with a penalty on the hour and Dinnington went in front three minutes later when successive driving mauls were followed by a penalty and West took it quickly and scored from close range.
Doughty scored his second after more forward pressure on 70 minutes but missed the easy conversion to leave the score 22-16.
West repeated his earlier tap-and-go try with four minutes left and Crocs looked set to leave empty handed.
However, the Broomfield men won a scrum on the Dinnington 22 and Richard Wheale nearly scored but the ball spun loose over the line.
From the drop out, the veteran hooker received the ball from Gareth Ott, beat the cover and slipped the ball to Vine, whose unconverted try wide out yielded a valuable league point.