Oct 31 2012 By Andrew Weston
Dalziel Rugby Club
Dalziel coach Neil Livett feels it is only a matter of time before his side get back to winning ways and hopes for better luck in the second half of the season.
The Motherwell lads are rooted to the bottom of RBS Championship A after their defeat to GHA on Saturday.
They have only managed two wins from their opening nine matches but Livett is confident all the hard work put in on the training paddock will soon reap rewards.
“We are halfway through the season but I am looking forward to the second half,” he said. “I can see us putting in better performances which I believe will give us some results. The boys deserve more points on the board for all their efforts. They are frustrated at the moment because the wins just are not coming their way. But I believe it’s only a matter of time. One or two wins under our belts and it will be onwards and upwards.”
On Saturday GHA opened the scoring through Jamie Auld from a scrum early on and doubled their advantage as skipper Andrew Henderson went over.
Dalziel fought back before the interval, thanks to tries from Lee McWhinnie and Craig Simmonds, as the visitors went in 14-12 up. But a penalty from John Brogan followed by a well worked try out wide for the young winger gave GHA a commanding lead.
Home skipper Simmonds then went over the line for his second try but it was GHA who had the final say, with Ryan Jenkins running in from inside his own half.
Livett said: “GHA are a very well drilled side and the fact it took about 75 minutes to make their win secure says a lot about us.
“There are still things that need to be addressed but it was a much more Dalziel-like performance particularly in the mindset.
“The boys were playing for the club and shirt which was great to see. What we need to do is match that passion with a little more shrewdness around the field in terms of the decisions we make. That will help turn good performances into winning ones.”
Things do not get any easier for Dalziel this weekend when they travel to league leaders Cartha, with Livett hoping to clinch a much needed victory before attention turns to the cup for the remainder of November.
He added: “When we played them earlier in the season we held them to 12-9 but had opportunities to put them away.
“It is going to be a hard game at Cartha but we are performing better now in each game and see improvement."