Dalziel Rugby Club
DALZIEL Rugby Club lost their fourth match in succession, going down to a disappointing 25-7 defeat against Dumfries under the lights at Dalziel Park on Friday night.
In front of a large home support, the Motherwell lads produced a performance which was well below the standards set by coach David Wilson.
Not even the return of scrum-half Graham Calder following a number of seasons away from the club could inspire the subdued home outfit.
The game started positively for the home side but - after a period of pressure - Dumfries, who are a vastly improved side from the team beaten by Dalziel at Park Farm on the opening day of the season, got into their stride.
From a scrum near the Dalziel line, they crossed the line under the posts for their first try, which was converted.
Their lead was extended five minutes later with a penalty goal and the visitors held on to this 10-point advantage until the interval, with Dalziel never seriously threatening to close the gap.
Mistakes at the beginning of the second half thwarted Dalziel’s early attacks and they fell further behind when a pacy break out of defence led to Dumfries claiming their second try of the evening.
The conversion was on target to give the visitors a 17-0 lead.
The hosts did eventually secure what was to be their only try of the match soon after, with Simpson adding the conversion.
Soon afterwards, Dumfries were reduced to 13 men after two players were sinbinned, which was a great opportunity for Dalziel to get right back into the match.
However, the visitors knocked over a drop goal to move 20-7 clear and after Dalziel missed a three-on-one overlap, the match was over as a contest when their opponents moved upfield to claim their third try.
The result sees Dumfries move level on points with Dalziel, who stay ahead in fifth place on points difference.
Meanwhile, on the following day, a number of 2nd XV players staked a claim for a first-team berth after a streetwise 25-10 success at Kirkcaldy. Tries by Victor Czarnocki, Fraser McKenzie, Barry Turnbull and Willie Wylie, a conversion by Turnbull and a penalty from Andy Scott gave Dalziel the bonus-point win.
This result takes the Motherwell side up into fourth place in Reserve League National One.
At under-15 level, Dalziel secured a narrow 15-14 victory over local rivals Uddingston in a league fixture on Sunday.
The match was full of incident and the narrow margin of victory showed just how evenly matched the teams are.
Dalziel went ahead after 10 minutes through forward Ross Ferguson, with his try being converted by Gary Stokes.
However, the lead was short-lived as Uddingston hit back within five minutes, leaving the sides level at 7-7 at half-time.
The teams traded further tries after the interval, with flanker Andrew Davidson scoring for Dalziel but Stokes missed his conversion and with Uddingston converting their try they went two points ahead.
However, with five minutes left, Stokes was successful with a penalty to give his side the narrowest of wins.