Feb 13 2013 By Andrew Weston
Dalziel Rugby Club
Dalziel slumped to the bottom of RBS Championship A on Friday night following a 45-11 defeat at promotion hopefuls Cartha Queens Park.
The Motherwell lads travelled to Dumbreck to play Cartha for the fourth and final time this season.
Having lost the three previous encounters, they were keen to avoid a clean sweep of victories by the Glasgow side.
But despite a spirited first half Cartha proved too strong and with Dunfermline picking up a losing bonus point against Ardrossan it meant Dalziel slipped back to 10th spot.
The Dalziel team contained a few changes from the previous weeks, with Stuart Caulfield making his first First XV appearance in nearly 10 years, while Kyle Matheson and John Harris were both making their first starts since October.
Club captain Graham Calder was also making his first appearance since August 2011 after an injury ravaged few months and Morgan Martin, returning to the club following spells playing in Sweden, Germany, USA and Canada, was on the bench.
The signs were ominous early on when Gary Gilmour scored a well worked try for Cartha after eight minutes with Wayne Burrows converting the try, despite having to drop kick the conversion after the ball fell off the tee during his run-up.
Dalziel hit back and started a period of sustained pressure, outplaying their hosts for much of the next 30 minutes.
Good tactical kicking by John Harris and Derek McMillan were putting Dalziel in the right areas of the pitch.
As they continued to attack, Cartha infringed, and Harris utilised the free play to put a delightful crossfield kick towards the corner.
Lee McWhinnie gathered the ball and dived over the line to pull the score back to 7-5.
Dalziel continued to push and were awarded a further two penalties well inside the Cartha half. Harris kicked both to take Dalziel into the lead at 11-7.
The visitors were making the most of the game at this point but with only five minutes to go to the break Cartha hit them with a sucker punch.
Two quick tries swung the momentum in the favour of the home side who led 19-11 at the interval Any chance of Dalziel recovering the game were lost immediately after half-time, when Cartha drove the Dalziel scrum back eight metres towards their try line. Gary Campbell pounced on the loose ball to secure his team a bonus point.
Burrows again converted to take the score to 26-11 before three further tries secured Cartha a resounding 45-11. Elsewhere, the
Under-18s played host to a combined Cambuslang/EK team in a friendly, winning 62-5.
This week the 1st and 2nds are at Dumfries, 3rds at Garnock and the U18s host GHA.