Oct 13 2010 by Andrew Weston, Wishaw Press
DALZIEL Rugby Club continued their excellent start to life in Premier Three with a bonus point victory at Dunfermline on Saturday that keeps them in third place.
Injury-hit Dalziel had to ring the changes for the trip to Fife and there was a debut for 18-year-old flanker Robert Johnstone who came off the bench during the McKane Park clash.
Centre John Goldie returned to the starting line-up after a knee injury which has sidelined him since pre-season and he got stuck into the action straight away with a trademark hand-off leaving his opposite number lying in his wake as he broke through the defence. A good tackle from the home full-back made sure Dalziel did not get over the line but just five minute later a rolling maul put Craig Simmonds in for the first try.
Simpson was on song with the boot, converting for an early 7-0 lead.
Minutes later a clever backs’ move allowed Antony Mitchell to step easily through the defence and offload to George Sloan who then fed the supporting Goldie to race in for his first try of the season.
Ross McAuley then managed to break through the defence as the league’s bottom side struggled to contain Dalziel attacking play, but the stand-off was stopped just short.
As the half progressed Dunfermline got back into the game as they began to control possession of the ball and a few clean line breaks from their midfield got them deep into Dalziel’s 22.
However stout defence notably by Robert Simpson stopped the Fifers from crossing the line during this spell.
The difference between the sides was summed up when Dalziel went on the attack and turned their pressure into points.
Another rolling maul from the forwards set up clean ball for scrum-half Donnachie and he fed Steven Findlay who combined with Simmonds which created a huge gap in Dunfermline’s defensive line.
This allowed fly-half McAuley to collect the pop pass from Simmonds and score under the posts, making the half-time score 21-0.
As the second half began, Dalziel kept the pace and intensity of their game up.
A free-kick taken quickly inside their own half released Mitchell.
He outpaced his opposite man before delightfully side-stepping the full-back to score and secure Dalziel’s bonus point try.
Number eight Simmonds got his second try of the game not long after as he collected an overthrown lineout in Dunfermline’s 22 before fending off a number of tackles to cross in the corner.
Some big tackles by man-of-the-match Mitchell, Lewis and Goldie were needed as the home side continued to pressurise the Dalziel line with their massive forward pack.
Dunfermline’s physicality eventually led to them scoring the first of two tries when their stand-off received a neat pass to go over unchallenged.
Dalziel responded superbly with Mitchell crashing over the line again despite the attentions of two defenders.
The home scrum-half went over shortly before the end but Dalziel had the final say as James Baxendale went over for his side’s seventh try of the afternoon.