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Dalziel 1st XV:21
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League game @ Dalziel Park, 5/11/11 - Match photos

Dalziel unable to overcome first half deficit

The day was bright, with a wet pitch underfoot as Dalziel welcomed Howe of Fife to Dalziel Park for this Premier 3 match. Dalziel started slowly and Howe took advantage of these making inroads into the Dalziel 22, but they were held out giving away a penalty in the process allowing Dalziel to clear. Howe continued their pressure however, and on seven minutes a straightforward backs move and some poor Dalziel tackling led to Howe’s Iain Wilson crossing the line for the first score. The conversion was missed, 5-0 Howe.

Both teams then traded penalty awards and on 10 minutes Howe took advantage of one of these, slotting the goal and increasing their lead to 8 – 0. The game continued to be broken up by penalty after penalty and on 15 minutes it was Dalziel's turn to take advantage with Robert Simpson slotting the kick, 8 – 3.

Dalziel had now woken up and were having the better of the play without getting too close to the Howe line. On 20 minutes during one of Dalziel's attacks they were awarded another penalty and once again Simpson’s aim was true 8 – 6 Howe.

Dalziel had a chance to take the lead for the first time with another penalty, but this time the kick was missed. Howe then moved further in front from broken play in the Dalziel 22 allowing Howe’s McGregor to once again take advantage of the lack of covering players and cross the line. This time the conversion was made by Martin, Howe in front 20 – 6. Shortly after Dalziel were given another chance at goal from more Howe foul play and Simpson once again was on target. At half time the score read 20 – 9 to Howe.

The second half belonged to Dalziel, but poor handling led to them missing a great chance at the beginning of the half. Good close quarter play led to a chance for them to go over but the last pass was dropped allowing Howe to clear from the resulting scrum. Dalziel were only to be held out for a little longer though, and their first try, a few minutes later, came from some more excellent pressure. With the forwards driving almost to the line, the ball was held up well by some strong Howe defence and was put out to the backs. James Baxendale dodged a couple of tackles and broke through a third to place the ball over the line close to the posts giving Simpson an easy conversion 50 minutes gone 20 – 16 to Howe.

On 60 minutes the ref had a word with both captains about the amount of penalties and this was to cost Dalziel a couple of minutes later after Ross Westwood was pulled up for holding on and was then sent to the bin. This was to cost Dalziel dear, as from a breakdown in play around midfield Howe ran in under the posts after some good passing. The conversion was successful, 27 -16 with 10 minutes to go.

Dalziel then once again put pressure on the Howe line and took advantage of some strong rucking and a strong break from Simmonds, then a burst from George Sloan which saw the later get over the line and give Dalziel a chance of the win with 5 minutes to go, 27 – 21 to Howe. It was to be another handling error however that was to cost Dalziel the win as with a couple of minutes to go a breakdown in play on the Dalziel 22 saw them get possession with an overlap but the last pass was dropped and with this the game was lost.

It was an unfortunate end to a game which Dalziel had the chance to win and should have taken more with the effort they put in in the second half.

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David Irvine, Stephen Baird, Les Barclay, Kris Watters, Gavin Smith, Gavin Armstrong, Craig Lewis, Crawford Reid, Ross Donnachie, John Harris, Grant McCallum, James Baxendale, Kyle Matheson, Ross Westwood, Robert Simpson
Subs: George Sloan, Euan Stewart, Craig Simmonds, Lewis Matheson

Tries: James Baxendale, George Sloan
Conversions: Robert Simpson
Penalties: Robert Simpson (3)

Yellow Cards: Ross Westwood

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