Dalziel charge to first victory of the season

Gavin Smith holds off a Dunfermline player
Gavin Smith holds off a Dunfermline player

Dalziel broke their duck by beating Dunfermline 27-10 to secure their first league win of the season at Dalziel Park on Saturday.

Both sides went into the National League Division 3 match having lost their opening three fixtures.

But with players available again from injury and work commitments, expectations were high from the large home support.

Dalziel started the game well and were soon on the attack.

With the ball moving away quickly from contact Dalziel were in control and it was no surprise when Willie Steele powered through the visitors’ defence to score a try within the first 10 minutes. Unfortunately Darren Moon pushed the conversion wide.

Dunfermline came back into the game, helped by some errors and a move away from the game plan from the home team, and it was no surprise when their large pack trundled over for a score after 20 minutes.

The conversion was expertly converted to give Dunfermline an unexpected lead.

But at this point Dalziel again awoke to play sensible rugby and a converted Ross Donnachie try gave them a well deserved 12-7 half-time lead.

A strong second-half start by the home team gave Moon the chance to convert a penalty to give Dalziel a crucial eight point lead.

Dunfermline again came back and only some excellent Dalziel defending stopped them scoring on numerous occasions.

They did score a penalty to reduce the gap to five points, but team spirit enabled Dalziel to raise their game.

Led by some excellent, strong running from Lewis Macsween they were able to score a further two tries, one which was converted.

A run from the ever improving Kris Hughes on the wing resulted in a well deserved try for the pacy winger. Veteren Crawford Reid also managed to get his name on the score sheet with a clever, quickly taken penalty near the Dunfermline line.

Overall this was a very good Dalziel performance that was well deserved for the nineteen players selected and indeed the entire squad of players as a whole.

The victory lifted Dalziel up to tenth place in the 12-team table.

However they have a tough task this Saturday when they travel to face title chasers Preston Lodge

Team: Stephen Clowes, Stephen Baird, George Sloan, Gavin Smith, Greg Smith, Willie Steele, Crawford Reid, Kris Watters, Ross Donnachie, Darren Moon, Kris Hughes, Lewis MacSween, Scott Johnstone, Andy Scott, Cameron King. Subs: Craig Gilchrist, Darren Hay, Sean Blair, Eddy Ferguson.