League game @ Dalziel Park, 7/10/17 - Match Video
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Dalziel welcomed Perthshire to Dalziel Park for round 6 of BT National League 3. Perthshire had been relegated the year before, but were reinstated in the league after RHC resigned their league spot.
Dalziel kicked off, and put pressure on Perthshire from the off. The visiting side was pinged for crossing, and Andrew Glover kicked the penalty to put Dalziel 3-0 up within the first minute.
Within two minutes, Glover had another shot at goal, this time a conversion after a well worked try by Fraser Skinner. Dalziel won a line out on the left hand side of the pitch, and worked the ball wide to Ryan Burrell. Burrell drew his man and passed to Glover who put a kick in behind the defence. Skinner was able to win the foot race, gather the ball and dot down for his first try in his home First XV debut. Glover added the extras and Dalziel were 10-0 up with only 4 minutes on the board.
Dalziel lost Dougie Clark to the sin bin shortly after, and Duncan Clow stepped up and converted the resultant penalty.
A series of penalties gave Perthshire good field position, and from a lineout, the ball was passed to Jonny Armitt who was able to score to the left of the posts. Clow converted to draw the scores level after only 15 minutes of play.
With 15 minutes left to go in the half, Dalziel went right from a scrum and Burrell was set loose up the line. He was halted by 3 Perthshire players, but the ball was recycled quickly. First Les Barclay hit it up, before the ball went through the hands of Davie Stewart and Glover, and then to Thomas Quigley who was able to score. Glover added the extras.
The rest of the first half was mostly played between the two 22s as both teams matched each other in physicality and stopped either team from getting a foothold in the game.
Glover extended Dalzielâ€™s lead by a further three points, after a Perthshire player had kicked the ball out of a ruck, about 30 meters from the posts.
Dalziel failed to deal with the restart, and were not able to clear their lines. Dalziel gave away 4 penalties in quick succession which allowed Perthshire to solidify their position on the Dalziel line. Three times Perthshire tried to drive the ball over the line, but Dalziel held them out, before a fourth maul gave Callum Croughan space to dive over the line. Clow missed the tricky touch line conversion, but his side were now only 5 points down.
Andrew Guthrie then drew his side level 5 minutes later. A maul was set from a line out on the half way line. The forwards pack pushed forward and as the maul reached the Dalziel 22, Guthrie broke and powered down the line to score. Peter McDougall converted to put Perthshire into 2 point lead.
Dalziel tried to get their third try of the afternoon, but after a sustain period of pressure, Perthshire were able to dislodge the ball in the tackle, and clear their lines.
Guthrie then scored his second of the match. Dalziel missed touch with a penalty kick and Ross Cameron gathered and ran the ball back at Dalziel. Clow took the ball on further before Dan Bowater broke away. The flanker was scragged by Dalziel, but he was able to offload to Guthrie who was able to score to the right of the posts. McDougall converted and Perthshire were now 29-20 up with less than 10 minutes left to play.
The game ended with Dalziel baring down on the Perthshire line, but were unable to find a way through. Glover found space down the wing, but once Tristen Gerber received the ball, he was met by three Perthshire players who were able to shepherd him into touch and finish the game at 29-20 in favour of the visitors.
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Ball Sponsored by:
George Sloan, Stephen Baird, Les Barclay, Michael Burnett, Ross Hamilton, Fraser McKenzie, Douglas Clark, Jordan Burrell, Andrew Westwood, David Stewart, Fraser Skinner, Thomas Quigley, Ryan Burrell, James Baxendale, Andrew Glover
Subs: Ryan Cook, Nikky Devine, Iain Davidson, Tristen Gerber
Tries: Fraser Skinner, Thomas Quigley
Conversions: Andrew Glover (2)
Penalties: Andrew Glover (2)
Yellow Cards: Douglas Clark
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