League game @ Memorial Field, 2/9/06
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The young Dalziel side visited Memorial Field in Ardrossan for this National Division 1 fixture and got another harsh lesson in the realities of League Rugby.
Despite starting fairly well and holding their own territorially, Dalziel found themselves two tries down inside 25 minutes, through naÃ¯ve and weak defending.
The loss of veteran tight-head prop Barclay, with an eye injury, added further problems for the visitors. There were some flashes of good play, notably involving Simmons, Morrison and Reid and on one occasion Hill was inches short of the Ardrossan line. But Ardrossan held firm and Dalzielâ€™s frustration led to indiscipline and the concession of a penalty, subsequently converted by Ardrossan stand-off Wilson to give the home side, a 20 â€“ 0 lead at half time.
It was a much more determined Dalziel side that emerged after the break and they exerted considerable pressure on the Ardrossan line. The reward came initially when skipper Crawford Reid won the chase to score, following a clever kick through by scrum half Watson. Simpson added the conversion and Dalziel continued to hammer the home defence with spirited play from the forwards.
Dalziel crossed the line twice more from Simmons on the right and Aitken on the left, but the referee adjudged handling errors in both instances. Mathieson finally raced through for a second Dalziel score after good work by Simmons and quick handling by the backs. Simpsonâ€™s conversion took the score to 20 â€“ 14 and Dalziel looked likely at this stage to close the gap further. However a change in tactics by Ardrossan led to a series of driving mauls, which took them back up the park and induced more indiscipline from Dalziel. The resultant penalties took the pressure off and Ardrossan fully capitalised by using a driving maul to set up a final try which, once converted by Wilson, effectively moved the game out of Dalzielâ€™s reach at 27 â€“ 14.
Coaches Davy and Jimmy Wylie will be disappointed at some of the schoolboy defending evident in the first half, but can take considerable reassurance from the rousing second half performance, as they prepare for the visit of Langholm to Dalziel Park this weekend.
Taken from Dalziel War Memorial Trust website
Les Barclay, Stephen Baird, Gary Strain, Alan Love, Graeme Morrison, Craig Simmonds, Paul Beer, Eddy Ferguson, Alan Watson, Robert Simpson, David Aitken, Crawford Reid, Barry Turnbull, Kyle Matheson, Andy Hill
Subs: Grant Ferguson, John Phillips
Tries: Crawford Reid, Kyle Matheson
Conversions: Robert Simpson (2)
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