Dalziel Rugby Club
DALZIEL went down to a 15-0 defeat away to Greenock Wanderers in their Premier Three clash on Saturday.
The match was very much a game of two halves primarily caused by a gusting wind and torrential rain which swept the length of the field throughout.
The visitors had the weather advantage in the first period and pinned Wanderers back deep inside their own territory for much of the half.
Relentless defending from the hosts held them out with the game remaining scoreless up until half-time.
Greenock came out with purpose in the second half and Kenny Diffenthal ensured that the game would be played in the visitors half thanks to some sound tactical kicking utilising the strong wind to his advantage.
On 43 minutes referee Paul Williams awarded Wanderers a penalty after the Dalziel back line strayed offside at a ruck.
Diffenthal’s 30-metre effort from wide on the right gave them a 3-0 lead.
Worse was to follow for the visitors just minutes later.
Winger Robert Simpson carried the ball into contact on the right touchline but Brendan McGroarty halted his run, robbed him of possession then set off on a 70-yard run outstripping the cover defence to touch down in the corner.
Now 8-0 ahead they had the bit between their teeth and looked to press home their advantage.
On 51 minutes quality lineout ball was secured deep inside the Dalziel half and the resulting rolling maul took play close to the line.
Several breaches were repelled by spirited defending but on the fourth occasion the Wanderers forwards broke through for the touchdown.
When the sea of bodies cleared Matt Duncan was accredited with the try.
Diffenthal chipped over the conversion to extend the hosts’ lead to 15-0 which was enough to see them claim the points.
Meanwhile Dalziel’s 2nd XV were in Milngavie to face West of Scotland on Saturday but slipped to a 36-12 defeat.
Dalziel struggled in the scrums with former Scotland international hooker Gordon Bulloch proving a handful.
West ran in three tries in the first half to turn 17-0 to the good.
They secured a bonus point try early in the second half before Paul White ran in a solo effort from the halfway line to win back some respect. The teams then traded tries with Dalziel’s coming from a series of rucks before being finished off by Stuart McLelland.
West added a final try just before full-time.
The Third XV were holding the fort at Dalziel Park with a game against Lenzie’s Second XV.
Having beaten Lenzie 55-0 earlier in the season, the hosts were expecting an easy game.
However, they were shocked to go in at half time 12-12 before easing to a 46-17 victory in the second half.
Their scores came from Simon Baillie, Jordan Donaldson, Jamie Muir, Anthony Mitchell, Scott Murphy, Cameron King and a brace from Euan Watt. Andy Scott slotted three conversions.
The Fourth XV ventured to deepest Ayrshire and came away from a sodden Cumnock with a narrow 10-7 defeat.
Their only try against Cumnock’s 2nd XV came in the second half when Scott McLelland gathered Davie Stewart’s up-and-under to score.