Dalziel’s hopes go West

Dalziel's Darren Hay gets to grips with a West opponent.
Dalziel's Darren Hay gets to grips with a West opponent.
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A determined display wasn’t enough to stop West of Scotland romping to a 49-11 win over Dalziel at Burnbrae on Saturday.

The Motherwell side were twice ahead early on in the game but eventually had no answer as West ran in eight tries to move into second place in the BT National League Division 3 table.

Early exchanges were hard fought and Dalziel opened the scoring when Darren Moon scored from a penalty given for not releasing.

West fought back and went in front when Alexander Fisken picked up and beat two defenders before his neat pass found Ross Carnegie on the wing to go over for an unconverted try.

Dalziel pushed back with a series of attacks and West’s Jamie McAulay was yellow carded for a high tackle.

Moon converted the penalty to put Dalziel back in the lead at 6-5, but that was as good as it got for the Black and Blues.

Good West pressure forced Dalziel to clear directly to Mark Sim and he found Blair Smith who beat his man to score an unconverted try.

West went further ahead with another unconverted try, from Angus Thomson, and a Smith penalty made the score 18-6 at half-time.

After the break Fisken squirmed under the Dalziel defence for a fourth try and this time Smith was successful with the conversion.

Things turned decisively West’s way when Dalziel suffered three yellow cards in quick succession.

In between the second and the third Angus Thomson who scored his second and West’s fifth try and Smith just squeezed in the conversion to make it 32-6.

Dalziel were reduced to 12 men through injury and unconverted tries from McAulay and Darren Allan stretched the lead to 42-6.

When their carded players came back on Dalziel pushed hard, but fell further behind when Fintan Cuthbertson beat two defenders to finish well in the corner. Smith added the extras to bring the score to 49-6.

However Dalziel had the final say when a chip into the corner found winger Kris Hughes who touched down for an unconverted try to make the final score 49-11.