League game @ Neilson Park, 4/3/17 - Match Video
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Dalziel travelled through to Lothian to play Haddington in BT National League 3. Dalziel fielded the kick off, and set off up the pitch. The ball went the full width of the pitch twice before Haddington managed to disrupt play, but the referee called things back for a penalty to Dalziel.
Nathan Emery kicked to the corner, and the Dalziel pack set about an onslaught on the Haddington line. Eventually the ball was passed out to the backs, and Callum Weir was scragged in the midfield. Haddington looked like they had turned the ball over, but again the referee halted play for a penalty.
Dalziel eschewed the easy kick at goal to again go to the corner, but after some good build up play, the ball was lost forward, giving Haddington possession inside their own 22.
Ryan Burrell was forced into touch, giving Haddington a lineout inside the Dalziel 22. The Haddington pack set up a drive, which Dalziel managed to disrupt. Haddington retained possession of the ball, and some quick hands put Harry Hamilton through a gap to score. Gareth Pritchard converted to put his side 7-0 up.
Dalziel secured a scrappy lineout 30 metres from the Haddington line, and the ball was passed out to Emery who hit up in the midfield. From the ruck, Andy McLaren fed Dougie Clark who fed Alan Bowles. Bowles set off down the wing and passed back inside to the supporting Kris Watters. Watters brushed off two would be tacklers to slide in to score Dalziel’s first try of the afternoon. Andrew Glover hooked the conversion, but the score was now 7-5 to Haddington.
Haddington further stretched their lead immediately from the kick off. Dalziel caught the ball and set up a maul, however, Kyle Adams reacted quickly and was able to strip the ball. The winger used his footwork to out jinx the Dalziel defence, and despite the attempted cover tackle by Grant Clark, managed to ground the ball in the corner. Pritchard pushed the conversion wide, but his side's lead was back to 7 points.
Pritchard further extended his side’s lead with a penalty after a Dalziel infringement at a scrum.
Dalziel were playing some good rugby, and were being thwarted by Haddington indiscipline. After a few penalties in a row, Glover had an easy shot from 15 metres in front the post and pulled Dalziel back to within 7 points.
Dalziel had one final attack in the first half, but again the ball was stripped in contact and Haddington were able to clear their lines.
Within the first minute of the second half, Dalziel had scored. A Haddington player slapped the ball out of McLaren’s hands, and the referee awarded a penalty. Glover stepped up and slotted the kick to take the score to 15-11 in favour of the home side.
Haddington’s Pritchard was beginning to use the boot to pin Dalziel back, and from one kick, McLaren was caught by two Haddington players and the ball was turned over. Haddington quickly spin the ball out to the right and were able to score in the corner. Pritchard missed the conversion, and the score was now 20-11.
Dalziel had a scrum on the Haddington 22, and secured the ball. At the subsequent ruck, Haddington tried to kill he ball and the referee indicated penalty advantage to Dalziel. With a free play on hand, the ball was shipped to Emery, who put a grubber kick behind the defence. The centre chased the kick, gathered and dived over the line for Dalziel's second try of the day. Glover converted, and Dalziel were now only two points down with 18 minutes left to play.
Haddington had a lineout on the Dalziel 5, and the forwards drove to the line. The maul became fractured, but still Haddington attacked. The ball was eventually passed to Jonny Ridell, who saw off three Dalziel defenders to power over. Pritchard converted to take Haddington 9 points clear.
With full time approaching, Dalziel were looking for any sort of score that would give them a losing bonus point. Haddington again were penalised at the breakdown, and with last play called, Glover opted to go for the posts. Unfortunately, his kick went astray and Dalziel had lost 27-18.
The Second XV game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, but the Third XV had a good 15-12 win over Clydebank’s Second XV. Joe Taroga and Andy McLatchie both score tries, while Davie Stewart added 5 pints from the boot.
Next week, Dalziel host Perthshire in a key game. A large crowd is expected, with the game being key in both teams’ seasons and there also being a “Fill the Stand" event. Kick off is at 1:30pm. More information can be found at http://www.dalzielrugby.com/fillthestand
Alex Mowat, Alan Bowles, George Sloan, Michael Burnett, Grant Clark, Iain Davidson, Douglas Clark, Kris Watters, Andy McLaren, Callum Weir, Ryan Burrell, Nathan Emery, Andrew Glover, Darren Moon, Lee McWhinnie
Subs: Les Barclay, Nikky Devine, Connor Meikle, Callum Croughan
Tries: Kris Watters, Nathan Emery
Conversions: Andrew Glover
Penalties: Andrew Glover (2)
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