League game @ Dalziel Park, 2/10/10 - Match photos - Match Video
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Delightful Dalziel Defeat Old Foes Howe: DRFC 39 HOF 11
The Heavens opened over Britain this weekend and Motherwell was no exception, as the Dalziel Park surface was subjected to a heavy downpour on & off throughout the afternoon, for the game against Howe of Fife. The Dalziel boys were looking to bounce back after a defeat to local rivals Hamilton last week, and, in relation to league standings it was vital for the Motherwell boys to secure a win.
A healthy crowd were greatly entertained as both teams were intent on running the ball in attack, despite the heavy rain. Within five minutes Howe took the lead after a well struck penalty from Ian Aitken. However, Dalziel went straight back up the pitch and from an ensuing lineout drove the maul over the try line with Craig (Chubby) Lewis now making the score 5-3 to the home side.
Poor handling from the Dalziel backline after turnover ball, led to another Aitken penalty, 5-6 after 15 minutes. Dalziel then secured possession and territory in Howeâ€™s 22 and Fraser Stangoe crashed through the defence only to fall in front of the full back. Quick ruck ball allowed Ross MacAuley to ghost through under the posts to make the score 12-6 following Simpsonâ€™s conversion.
Following the restart a good lineout on the half way was won and the ball was fed wide to speedster Antony Mitchell who burned his opposite man and then fed inside to Captain Craig Simmonds to convert a textbook 2 on 1 score. Unable to convert, the score was now 17-6. Centre Stangoe went off injured and David Aitken stepped up to replace him, making an impact off the bench.
A period of good handling ensued after the rain stopped and Mitchell again ghosted through multiple Howe defenders only to lose the ball and provide Howe winger McLean space to burn, but new man Callum Maxwell thwarted his man with a great scramble tackle. Probing kicks from Simpson with constant pressure on the Fifersâ€™ led to an overthrown lineout by the away team which Jamie MacAuley gratefully snapped up and fed his brother Ross who waltzed his way over for his second try. On the half hour mark the score was 22-6 and the home sidesâ€™ confidence was shining through in their rugby.
Unfortunately Dalziel continued to give away soft penalties and Howe managed to play their way into Dalzielâ€™s half, but their attack was thwarted by a great steal by Simmonds and Lewis which allowed the home side to clear the danger. Leading into half time the Dalziel defence seemed in control as the Fifers couldnâ€™t breach the line and the score stayed 22-6 at the half time whistle.
From the restart Howe intended to stamp their authority on the game and stand off D Martin orchestrated his back line to good effect with go-forward ball and hard running. Within ten minutes the men from Cupar organised an effective lineout in Dalzielâ€™s 22, and a great angle by substitute centre Fraser Clarke resulted in him bashing his way through too many tackles to dot down for an unconverted score. 22-11.
Substitute Ewan Stewart added to the game with some monstrous tackles one of which led the Howe stand off to drop the ball then deliberately throw away the ball which resulted in a yellow card for delaying play. Dalziel lost the lineout gained from this penalty but the clearance kick was charged down by Kris Watters who then reacted and sprang into action, diving fantastically to score his first ever try for the firsts.
Credit must go to Howe for their effort in controlling this period despite the disadvantage of being a man down. However more pressure was to come and Howe found themselves further behind after a pushover try which was credited to veteran hooker â€˜Yogiâ€™ Baird, a prominent non scorer at the club. Simpson converted to make it 34-11.
From the restart Dalziel surged forward as Simpson scooped up the ball from the slippery surface superbly with one hand and fed the ball to Mitchell who proceeded to take out a defender then found MacAuley on his outside with a clever pass. He stepped and thundered past the remaining defenders, fittingly sliding in from 10 metres out to score his hat trick. 39-11 which ended as the final score shortly later.
So Dalziel are back to winning ways again and can only hope for this to continue as we sit in 3rd position. It is to be hoped that the boys go onwards and upwards in the games to come.
Match Reporter: John Harris
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Ball Sponsored by:
Steven Findlay, Stephen Baird, Craig Lewis, Eddy Ferguson, Kris Watters, Fraser McKenzie, Jamie McAulay, Craig Simmonds, Ross Donnachie, Ross McAulay, Callum Maxwell, Fraser Stango, Crawford Reid, Antony Mitchell, Robert Simpson
Subs: George Sloan, Euan Stewart, James Baxendale, David Aitken
Tries: Stephen Baird, Craig Lewis, Kris Watters, Craig Simmonds, Ross McAulay (3)
Conversions: Robert Simpson (2)
Man of the Match: Steven Findlay
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