Dalziel Rugby Club
DALZIEL Rugby Club lost back-to-back games for the first time in two years at the weekend going down to a 29-20 defeat at Cartha Queen’s Park in their Premier Three clash.
The disappointing result was tempered by the fact second placed Hamilton lost on Saturday for the first time this season meaning Dalziel, in third, are just eight points adrift of their local rivals but 14 behind high-flying Whitecraigs.
The Motherwell men got off to the worst possible start, conceding a try in the first minute of the match.
This stunned the visitors into action and within ten minutes the scores were level at 5-5 after Anton Mitchell scored a well worked try.
Dalziel continued to take the game to Cartha and forced the home side into conceding a penalty.
Rather than opting for a kick at goal they went for a try but the home defence stood firm and cleared their lines.
On the 25 minute mark the Glasgow outfit mounted a decent attacking move which resulted in their second try of the game as they forced their way over the line from close range.
The conversion was missed and Dalziel had a chance five minutes later to reduce the deficit but Robert Simpson’s penalty attempt sailed wide.
Dalziel thought they had claimed a try just before half-time after a neat break involving Craig Simmonds and John Goldie saw the visitors force a five-yard scrum.
The ball was passed from stand-off Ross McAulay to Fraser Stango who crashed over under the posts only for the referee to call a forward pass, much to the bemusement of the players.
Cartha began the second half like the first and from a scrum close to Dalziel’s line they managed a push over try which extended the lead to 15-5.
From the restart Dalziel hit back, forcing their way downfield.
Having tied in the Cartha forwards, good handling saw McAulay penetrate the home defence to score under the posts.
Simpson converted and Dalziel were within three points at 15-12.
Cartha’s kicking game had proved a useful weapon and having kicked long again they forced Dalziel to carry the ball over their own line and concede another five-metre scrum.
Learning from the earlier try Dalziel scrummaged well but to the amazement of many in attendance, the referee gave a penalty try to the home side, allowing them to open up a 22-12 lead.
A penalty to the visitors was converted by Simpson shortly after the restart but the decisive moment of the game came five minutes later.
Dalziel looked set to claim their third try of the day before an interception by the Cartha centre saw the player run the length of the field to score under the posts.
The conversion made the score 29 to 12 but to their credit Dalziel rallied again and after some excellent interpassing Mitchell went over for his second score.
The touchline conversion was missed and Cartha held on to claim a bonus point win which sees them move into sixth place.
This Saturday Dalziel take on Premier One giants Boroughmuir in the revamped Premier Cup.
The competition has retained its three-tier format. This season, however, pool stages have been introduced.
The competing 36 teams from Premier One, Two and Three have been drawn in nine pools of four, with each team seeded according to the previous season’s performance in league competition.
Dalziel are in Pool H along with Boroughmuir, Stirling County and Peebles.
This weekend’s match will be the first time Dalziel have met Boroughmuir in a competitive game.
Kick-off at Dalziel Park is 1.30pm.