Dalziel moving on up with second win

Dalziel's win over Lasswade followed their recent victory against Dunfermline
Dalziel's win over Lasswade followed their recent victory against Dunfermline

Dalziel made it two home BT National Division 3 wins in a row with a 20-14 victory over Lasswade at Dalziel Park on Saturday.

After ending an 18-month wait for a league win against Dunfermline in their previous home match, Dalziel started well.

And their early pressure resulted was rewarded when a well struck penalty by Davie Aitken put them ahead.

But Lasswade hit back and scored a well deserved try which was expertly converted from a tight angle into the wind to give them a 7-3 lead.

This seemed to spur Dalziel on when the ball became loose from a Lasswade ruck the ever alert Cammy King scooped it up and ran 40 yards to score under the posts.

Aitken converted to give Dalziel a 10-7 advantage.

Kris Waters and James Baxendale were showing excellent running skills and it was no surprise when Waters ran 30 yards, leaving the Lasswade backs in his wake, to score under the posts for a try which Aitken again converted.

To their credit Lasswade answered back almost instantly again scoring from a driving maul from a line out close to the Dalziel line. The try was again converted.

On the stroke of half-time Aitken was just wide with a penalty from his own half which would have been the longest converted kick ever seen at Dalziel Park, leaving Dalziel 17-14 up at the break.

After the break Dalziel were playing into the wind but outstanding defending denied Lasswade and when the visitors gave away a penalty in front of their posts around 20 metres out, Aitken again stepped up and slotted the kick over to give Dalziel a 20-14 lead.

Dalziel should have put the game to bed after this but some basic errors allowed Lasswade to stay within a converted try until the final whistle.

However there was no further scoring and Dalziel had a well deserved win.

There was also success for the 2nd XV who made it two wins in a row with a 50-5 win at Hillhead/Jordanhill.

Dalziel started well, putting together numerous phases of play before stand-off Craig Lewis released Russell Crammond to score the first try after two minutes.

Lee McWhinnie marked his return from a year-long injury lay-off with a 90 metre sprint to the line following an interception to score Dalziel’s second try.

Number 8 Fraser McKenzie created the third try, pouncing on a loose ball to break through the first line of defence.

The Hillhead full-back made the tackle but Lewis was on hand to take the offload and gallop in from 40 metres. The bonus point was secured after 30 minutes when McWhinnie found himself with a two on one and gave a perfectly placed pass to Paul Kirkland to sprint in from 20 metres.

On the stroke of half time Lewis powered over for his second and Dalziel’s fifth of the afternoon to give Dalziel a 29-0 lead.

The second half was more of the same from Dalziel and when the ball was moved quickly out wide captain Andy McLaren went over for try number six.

Lewis completed his hat-trick with a solo effort, going over in the corner, and the scoring was completed when a well weighted kicked from winger Danny Lavelle bounced perfectly for the chasing McKenzie to score Dalziel’s 8th and final try under the posts.

Next week the First XV are away to RHC, and the second XV are away to Hamilton’s third XV.

The third XV and under-18s are at home to GHA and Uddingston respectively.