League game @ Dalziel Park, 9/4/11 - Match photos
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Dalziel Dominate but can not cross the whitewash
A bright warm afternoon welcomed the supporters to Dalziel Park on Saturday and all anticipated a fine local derby. Hamilton needed a win to secure Premier 2 rugby next season and brought plenty of supporters across the Clyde for the match.
Dalziel dominated the territory and possession from the start but it was Hamilton who kicked an early penalty to lead 3 to nil. Dalziel continued to hammer away at the Hamilton line, however stiff defence forced them to have a go at a drop goal. The kick was missed and minutes later Hamilton broke out of defence to score a good try. The conversion was knocked over and the lead was now 10 to nil for the visitors.
From the restart again Dalziel controlled territory and posession and it was only some excellent defence from Hamilton which prevented them scoring a try. Just before half time Dalziel decided to take the points and kicked a penalty through Robert Simpson. At the break it was 10 to 3 for Hamilton and Dalziel must have wondered how they did not lead this match.
Dalziel in recent games had fallen off the pace in the second half but not this week, they came out firing and again dominated the game. However as in the first half Hamilton were not going to be denied the points they needed and threw themselves into the tackle and produced some excellent scrambling defence. Against the run of play they scored their second converted try when they broke from their half and the Dalziel defence was exposed. Now with a lead of 17 to 3 Hamilton continued to make the tackles to deny the home side a score and the game finished with the visitors being promoted to Premier 2.
Dalziel produced the best rugby on the day and were the better side but the scoreline did not reflect their dominance. To quote the Hamilton committeeâ€ the best side lostâ€ Hamilton headed back across the Clyde to celebrate and Dalziel must now look forward to bringing this level of play to the last four games and set out their stall for next season.
Man of Match Steven Findlay
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Ball Sponsored by:
Steven Findlay, Stephen Baird, Les Barclay, Kris Watters, Craig Lewis, Jamie McAulay, Euan Stewart, Craig Simmonds, Graham Calder, John Harris, John Goldie, James Baxendale, Crawford Reid, Lee McWhinnie, Robert Simpson
Subs: Eddy Ferguson, Gavin Armstrong, Antony Mitchell, Ross Donnachie
Penalties: Robert Simpson
Yellow Cards: John Harris
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