League game @ Dalziel Park, 22/10/11 - Match photos
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No returning joy for Cockburn as Dalziel win battle of the defences
The skies were leaden and threatening as Lasswade made their first trip to Dalziel Park, after their rapid rise through the divisions and Dalziel knew, with both teams sitting on a record of five wins and three losses, that the match would be a battle to be won in the forward trenches and this was to be the case. Extra spice was added as Lasswade's coach, Davie Cockburn had been Head Coach at the Motherwell club in 2004-5 and had given captain Craig Simmonds his debut as a 16 year old.
Dalziel started the better side and most of the play was in the Lasswade half, an early Dalziel overlap being snuffed out by some quick Lasswade defence. Lasswade did not look too threatening at this point, as Dalzielâ€™s great forward set piece play dominated both the scrum and lineout, so it was with some surprise that Lasswade drew first blood. A breakdown in passing led to Lasswade breaking out with their backs and, using the space well. they passed through the line to give the winger Neil Durie a run in past a last ditch Dalziel tackle and round under the posts to touch down. The conversion was made and with 5 mins gone, somewhat against the run of play, Lasswade were up 0 â€“ 7.
Dalziel did not let this get to them though and once again took the play into Lasswadeâ€™s half. The brilliant forward set piece play keeping them in this area with scrum after scrum being won against the head by the blues. After 10 minutes it was Dalzielâ€™s turn to strike. From a ruck on the Lasswade 22 an excellent piece of vision from Ross Donnachie saw him put in a box kick down the touchline and with Lasswadeâ€™s defence nowhere to be found, Lewis Matheson picked up the bouncing ball and went in for the score. Unfortunately the conversion hit the upright and bounced back out. 10 mins gone Dalziel 5 Lasswade 7.
For the next twenty mins the game became bogged down in the centre of the park with Dalzielâ€™s excellent set piece play and Lasswadeâ€™s excellent defence cancelling each other out. It was not until the 30 minute mark that there was a chance of more points with a penalty given away close to the 22 by Lasswade but the chance was missed; however from the resulting 22 drop out Dalziel were to score their second try. With good ball secured once again by the forwards, the ball was fed out to the backs with some good miss passes and dummy runners and into the hands of Kyle Matheson. Matheson took the ball midway into the Lasswade 22 before finding James Baxendale with a fantastic inside pass, which allowed Baxendale to use his strength with the line beckoning to burst through two tackles and touch down. Unfortunately once again the conversion was missed but with 35 minutes gone the score was Dalziel 10 Lasswade 7.
From the kick off Lasswade made a rare foray into the Dalziel 22 but were repulsed by some excellent Dalziel defence on this occasion. Dalziel earned a penalty and cleared their lines, the first half was over and Dalziel had a deserved lead to take into the second half.
The second half began with the Dalziel forwards still in the mood to take the game to Lasswade and the whole team was making good yardage and playing great pop up passes. This led to a good Dalziel attack which was unfortunately held up over the line and, in trying to get the ball back to launch another attack, Dalziel gave up a penalty which allowed Lasswade to clear their lines.
The game then once again became bogged down in the centre of the park with attacking play from both sides being snuffed out by a mixture of excellent defence and poor handling. Dalzielâ€™s next attacking opportunity came from a penalty which was pushed into the corner giving them an attacking lineout, however once again this attack was repulsed.
Shortly after this Lasswade gave away a penalty in the centre of the park for not releasing the tackled player, allowing Simpson a pop at goal and this time he slotted the kick 12 minutes gone in the second half Dalziel 13 Lasswade 7.
On 55 minutes having been warned by the referee at the previous penalty Lasswade stand-off Nick Wood was sin binned for ten minutes for once again getting on the wrong side at the ruck. This allowed Dalziel the chance to attack some more but Lasswade doubled their defensive efforts and Dalziel were unable to take advantage of the extra man.
On 65 minutes Lasswade were awarded a penalty inside the Dalziel 22 however this was surprisingly missed by Lasswade No8 and Captain Gavin Brown giving Dalziel a reprieve. The lines were once again cleared and the game was again set to be played between the 22â€™s. With 5 minutes to go Lasswade were awarded a penalty close to the middle of the park but almost at the half way line. Nick Wood now back on after his sin binning lined up the kick and slotted it to make the home crowd a little nervous.
They had no reason to worry though as Dalziel held out for the rest of the match and were awarded their own penalty with seconds to go which was made easier by Lasswade back chatting the referee and getting Simpson 10 meters closer to the goal.. He slotted the penalty and the game was over Dalziel running out deserved winners in a close fought contest 16 - 10.
Next week Dalziel head to Fort Matilda to take on Greenock and after this display they will travel with some confidence.
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David Irvine, Stephen Baird, Les Barclay, Kris Watters, John Morrissey, Kris Hughes, Crawford Reid, Craig Simmonds, Ross Donnachie, John Harris, Ross Westwood, James Baxendale, Kyle Matheson, Lewis Matheson, Robert Simpson
Subs: Stephen Clowes, Craig Lewis, Gavin Smith, Scott Johnstone
Tries: James Baxendale, Lewis Matheson
Penalties: Robert Simpson (2)
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