Dalziel Rugby Club
DALZIEL Rugby Club’s alarming slump in form reached new lows at the weekend when they surrendered a 25-0 half-time lead to visitors Cartha Queen’s Park, eventually losing 33-28.
The result leaves Dalziel without a win since October and this latest defeat means their winless run has now stretched to nine games. A fine start to their first season in Premier Three saw many people tip them as outside promotion contenders but the bad run has seen the Motherwell lads drop to mid-table, although there is no threat of relegation.
The hosts blasted out of the traps early on at Dalziel Park and tries by Robert Simpson, John Goldie, John Harris and Anthony Mitchell, with Simpson adding a penalty and a conversion, had them seemingly out of sight.
Despite being down to 14 men after Callum Dickson was yellow-carded, Cartha struck back in the second half, with Andy Scott pulling five points back with an unconverted try.
Dalziel were looking nervous and errors crept into their play. From a lineout five metres out, after some measured rucking lasting over several phases, Tam Davidson was driven over the line, with Wayne Burrows converting for 25-12.
Dalziel tried to re-establish their dominance but had to settle for a Simpson penalty, stretching their lead to 28-12.
Cartha came back into the game, however, with replacement John Malokoty making a difference in the lineouts, and from a Robert Harvey set-up Scott bagged his second try of the afternoon, with Burrows again converting and reducing the deficit to 28-19.
Dalziel were visibly frustrated at this point and from another unforced error a fine move involving backs and forwards was finished off by Ian Cook, with Burrows’ conversion taking the score to 28-26.
From good scrum position, Nichol Smillie broke and found Scott McInnes on halfway. He evaded three or four tackles to run in a superb solo effort, with Burrows’ conversion taking the score to 33-28 to complete a miserable afternoon for Dalziel.
Dalziel travel to Morgan Academy this Saturday, a side one place below them in ninth place.
Dalziel: Steven Findlay, Craig Lewis, Les Barclay, Eddy Ferguson, Kris Watters, Euan Stewart, Crawford Reid, Craig Simmonds, Graham Calder, Robert Simpson, John Goldie, John Harris, Victor Czarnocki, Antony Mitchell, Ross McAulay
Replacements: George Sloan, Jamie McAulay, Robert Johnstone, David Aitken.