Dalziel Rugby Club
DALZIEL got their Premier Three campaign back on track with a convincing bonus-point win over Ardrossan Academicals at Dalziel Park on Saturday.
Ardrossan made a good start and in six minutes captain Andy Duncan made a mazy 30-metre run into Dalziel’s 22 only for the ball to be spilled as he offloaded at the tackle.
Accies were dominant in the early stages but the closest they came was when Jamie McKee made a good break, only to be thwarted when the pass was spilled 15 metres out.
On 17 minutes, Dalziel were awarded a penalty and Robert Simpson put in a 40-metre kick to earn a lineout five metres from the Accies line.
Dalziel’s catch and drive at the line forced another penalty and the pressure eventually paid off when ball was moved quickly to Simpson to score in the corner. He converted his own try for 7-0 after 20 minutes.
The game was suspended for five minutes following a nasty collision which saw Accies player Duncan being attended to by medical staff.
When play resumed, Accies continued to regularly spill the ball and Dalziel started to dominate.
On the half-hour mark, a forward drive resulted in Craig Simmonds shrugging off challengers to score from 20 metres out, with Simpson again converting for 14-0.
Accies opened their account through a Robert Hunter penalty but a similar award was kicked by Simpson for a 17-3 interval lead.
Ardrossan started the second half well but when they launched an attack their final pass was forward and it was back to the drawing board.
Mathew Grant made a good break and chipped ahead but again ball wasn’t secured and Simpson launched it back downfield.
Six minutes into the second half, Dalziel grabbed their third try of the afternoon. The ball was moved wide and Simpson was first to a chip ahead, touching down to extand the lead to 22-3.
Accies pulled a try back in the 55th minute when another Duncan break from his own 22 found Hunter in support and he outpaced the Dalziel defence to score before converting his try and reducing the gap to 22-10.
Accies were reduced to 14 men when Duncan was sin-binned following a touchline incident and Dalziel capitalised on this in 33 minutes when Ross Donnachie sprinted in on a quickly-taken free-kick to catch Accies napping and score the bonus point-earning fourth try, with Simpson again converting for 29-10.
On the final whistle, Simmonds grabbed his second try of the afternoon when he barged over to touch down.