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DALZIEL started their Premier Cup campaign against Premier 1 side Boroughmuir on Saturday.
The weather conditions were dreadful but to the credit of the ground staff the pitch was in very good condition as both sides took the field for the first ever meeting of these clubs.
Dalziel started a little nervously and with early Boroughmuir pressure they conceded a penalty.
The ball was kicked between the posts and the Edinburgh lads must have thought they would start to dominate the match.
What followed for the next 65 minutes was entirely the opposite, with Dalziel having the majority of territory and possession throughout.
Had they only possessed a bit more composure, the kicking of penalties would have handed the home side a tidy victory.
Recovering from the early score, Dalziel moved downfield to the Boroughmuir 22 line.
With the visitors’ defence in disarray, Robert Simpson put in a superb crossfield kick for John Goldie to clutch out of the air. He was brought down just short of the line and the ball was knocked on; a popped pass a fraction earlier would surely have resulted in a try for Dalziel.
The conditions were proving problematic for both sides and any handling moves resulted in the ball being spilled.
Boroughmuir had a few good powerful attacks but the home defence was sound and Simpson frequently pinned the visitors back with accurate field kicking.
Just as it looked like the home side would go into the half-time break only three points down, from a line-out on the Dalziel 22-metre line, Boroughmuir moved the ball quickly and centre Doubleday crashed through some weak defending to score.
The conversion was knocked over and at half-time Boroughmuir lead 10-0.
From the restart, Dalziel went on the offensive and forced Boroughmuir to defend in numbers.
A great tackle by veteran prop Les Barclay set the tone for a half in which all of the Dalziel players were outstanding.
From the resultant scrum, Dalziel – not for the first time – drove the visitors and disrupted any good ball.
They frequently kicked to the corners and were exerting such pressure on Boroughmuir that the Edinburgh side continually infringed, with the referee eventually yellow-carding a forward.
The game was all Dalziel’s now and they reduced the visitors to only a couple of visits into their attacking 22.
Admittedly it was good rugby by Boroughmuir to penetrate on both occasions but they failed to capitalise and the play was immediately moved back to their half.
Dalziel hammered away at the visitors’ line but the ball was not recycled quickly enough and time after time Boroughmuir were given time to organise their defence. Several kickable penalties were turned down as the Motherwell boys went for the try.
However, time eventually ran out for the Motherwell side, with Boroughmuir relieved to have won the game. This type of performance may have surprised Boroughmuir but is no surprise to Dalziel’s coaches, players and supporters and should spur the team on for next week’s league match.
Dalziel: Steven Findlay, Stephen Baird, George Sloan, Kris Watters, John Phillips, Euan Stewart, Crawford Reid, Craig Simmonds, Ross Donnachie, Robert Simpson, Declan Goldie, Fraser Stango, John Goldie, Callum Maxwell, Antony Mitchell. Replacements: Robert Johnstone, Les Barclay, Fraser McKenzie, Gavin Armstrong, Lee McWhinnie.