Dalziel Rugby Club
DALZIEL finished their second and final season in Premier Three in eighth place after a narrow 20-19 home defeat against Cartha Queens Park.
Cartha started the stronger team at Dalziel Park and edged ahead 10-5 at the interval, Kris Hughes scoring for Dalziel.
The visitors then pushed further ahead to move into a comfortable 20-5 lead with 15 minutes left.
Dalziel’s Lewis Matheson and Ross Westwood both scored late on and coupled with two John Harris conversions closed the gap to 20-19.
Despite continuing to push for victory Cartha’s defence held firm.
Next season sees the reconstruction of Premier Three into two regional championships with Dalziel provisionally in the West Championship.
Meanwhile Dalziel’s 3rd XV suffered a heartbreaking 31-26 loss against Helensburgh 2nd XV at Old Anniesland on Saturday in their Reserve League Promotion Play-off clash.
Dalziel found themselves 26-12 ahead in the second half but three tries in the final ten minutes allowed Helensburgh to secure a dramatic 31-26 win.
Dalziel’s tries were scored by Anton Mitchell (2), Simon Baillie and Alan Lynch with Davie Stewart slotting the extras.
Man of the match went to Fraser McGlashan.
The Under-18s also suffered disappointment losing 26-7 to a strong Hamilton side in the Glasgow Cup Final.
The Second XV played their penultimate league fixture against West of Scotland at Dalziel Park.
Turning up with a makeshift squad of 16 players Dalziel were always going to be up against it, especially when their entire front row was lost to injury within the space of five minutes.
Dalziel were buoyed by the arrival of three Under-18 players playing on the adjacent pitch but it did not prevent them from trailing 24-0 at half time.
David Fitzpatrick’s offload to Scott Murphy allowed Dalziel to touch down early in the second half before a quick tap penalty by Niall McKenzie saw the ball offloaded to Dougie Picken for his first Dalziel try.
At 26-10 they felt back in the contest but West rallied after making some substitutes to win comfortably 38-10.
Under 18s player Shabaz Khan earned his first international cap in Dubai last week as he turned out for the Pakistan Rugby League team narrowly beaten 26-24 by UAE.