League game @ Park Farm, 1/10/11
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On an unusually dry day down at Dumfries the ground was good for running on and there was no wind to contend with either. It was a very humid day however, and the Dalziel boys made the trip south hoping to take a win home with them. The Dumfries team had other ideas however, and were prepared to send the Motherwell team back up the road with their tails between their legs.
A game of aerial tennis was played in the first 5 minutes of the game as kicks were traded in a bid to win early territory, and it was from a kick that Dalziel were put under pressure early on. The Saints standoff booted the ball long down the pitch and it was left to bounce by the Dalziel players fielding the kick, leading to the home winger hacking it on into the Dalziel 22. Fortunately for the visitors the ball was on back by a penalty as Dumfries were guilty of holding onto the ball in the tackle. Dalziel prop George Sloan made a fantastic ghost run in midfield, using his blistering pace to break the line and surge into the Dumfries half, with only a poor pass letting the play break down and give the home side the ball. Dumfries themselves then made good ground due to a number of extremely slack tackles by the Dalziel defence, as 2 players managed to break the line at separate times and take play into the Dalziel 22. A penalty as awarded to the Saints for the defensive line being offside and the Dumfries kicker duly obliged, slotting the kick for 3 points.
Dalziel the endured a lengthy period of pressure following this penalty, as Dumfries kept throwing phase after phase at the defence. A couple of 5m scrums were awarded to the home side and to their credit the boys managed to thwart every attack thrown at them, eventually winning a turnover and clearing their lines. The lineout was taken quickly from the clearance and the ball was worked to the far side of the pitch by Saints which allowed the open side winger to round the Dalziel defender and take play once again into the Dalziel 22. Once more, Dalziel were forced to defend their line due to too many first time tackles being missed. Dumfries worked the ball over the line following this passage of play, only for it to be held up. Captain Craig Simmonds was yellow carded at this point, but the Motherwell boys managed to force a knock on out in the far corner from the set piece move, and won a scrum hoping to clear their lines. A lack of concentration as well as being a man down proved to be costly in this instance, as the Saints pack won the ball against the head allowing their backs to capitalise. The visitors’ backline was in disarray due to the turnover, and Dumfries wisely moved the ball wide to score on the outside.
At half time the score stayed at Dumfries 10-3 Dalziel.
More pain was inflicted on the visiting team and their travelling support, as the Dumfries standoff managed to throw a dummy and glide between 2 Dalziel defenders to run in a try under the posts. 17-3. James Baxendale replaced injured centre Gillon Duguid in the second half and added some good impetus to the Dalziel backline, just as Dalziel began to play rugby and throw the ball around a little more. Yet silly handling mistakes and poor skills in contact meant there was no continuity of good play and the ball was constantly turned over to Dumfries by order of scrums and penalties.
Baxendale found a few holes in the home defence line, managing to make clean breaks through but slow support and poor decision making by the supporting players, Dalziel lost the ball again in contact. Dalziel came into the game a bit more during the second half, but as already mentioned the ball was constantly lost in contact. Robert Simpson managed to go over in the corner following a great rolling maul by the forwards but he was denied a try as he had a foot in touch as he dived over the line. The pack was then denied another try after another rolling maul from a lineout, and it seemed like it just wasn’t going to be Dalziel’s day. At the resultant scrum things went from bad to worse as Dumfries pushed the visitors off the ball and cleared their lines. It certainly wasn’t Dalziel’s day as the final whistle went without Dalziel securing even the losing bonus point.
What Dumfries had to say: Report - Photos - Video
Les Barclay, Stephen Baird, George Sloan, Kris Watters, Gavin Smith, Craig Lewis, Crawford Reid, Craig Simmonds, Ross Donnachie, John Harris, Grant McCallum, Victor Czarnocki, Gillon Duguid, Lewis Matheson, Robert Simpson
Subs: Willie Wylie, John Morrissey, Eddy Ferguson, James Baxendale
Penalties: Robert Simpson
Yellow Cards: Craig Simmonds
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