DALZIEL lost their fifth league match in a row going down to a narrow 20-13 defeat at promotion-chasing Ardrossan on Saturday.
A late try by forward Kenny Blair gave the home side a well deserved win that keeps them in the hunt for promotion.
Ardrossan dominated most of the territory and possession throughout but missed all their penalty and conversion attempts which always kept Dalziel in the game.
The home side scored their first try of the day on 11 minutes following an excellent counter attack starting in their own half.
The Dalziel midfield missed a couple of tackles and Ardrossan took advantage with a try from Robert Hunter.
The Motherwell lads finally got into the game just after the half-hour mark, capitalising on a number of missed penalty kicks by Allan Wilson and Hunter to take an unlikely lead.
Following a good passage of play and slack home defence, David Aitken managed to touch down for a score in the corner.
Robert Simpson kicked the conversion to give Dalziel a 7-5 lead.
During their best spell of the game Simpson added a penalty goal on 39 minutes which gave Dalziel a 10-5 half-time lead.
However it was Accies who began to second half strongly and they never let up for the remainder of the match.
Within a minute of the restart Allan Wilson went over the line following a flowing attacking move.
On the 50 minute mark they took the lead after turning over Dalziel possession, their swift counter-attack resulting in Simon Duff scoring between the sticks, although the conversion was again missed.
Dalziel continued to plug away and a Robert Simpson penalty kept them in it at 15-13.
However they saw little possession after that and the loss of back-row forward Craig Simmonds to the sin bin for persistent infringement and Eddy Ferguson to injury allowed Accies to gain total dominance up front.
It was no surprise when the Ayrshire outfit scored a fourth bonus point try to claim a win near the end, Kenny Blair crashing over the line after his team secured clean line-out ball.
This weekend Dalziel travel to Peebles in the Premier Cup before hosting Premier One Stirling County at Dalziel Park the following week.
Dalziel team: Steven Findlay, Stephen Baird, George Sloan, Kris Watters, Eddy Ferguson, Euan Stewart, Crawford Reid, Craig Simmonds, Graham Calder, Ross McAulay, John Goldie, Victor Czarnocki, David Aitken, Barry Turnbull, Robert Simpson.
Substitutes: Les Barclay, Craig Lewis, Gavin Armstrong, James Baxendale.
Scorers: tries: David Aitken, conversions, Robert Simpson, penalties: Robert Simpson (2).